Must Watch: Official US Trailer for Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo!
by Alex Billington
June 23, 2009
Disney has finally debuted the official US trailer for Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated feature, Ponyo, known in Japan as Ponyo on the Cliff. I've been waiting patiently for more than a year now to see this, since it actually hit Japanese theaters last summer. As wonderful as it looks, especially all of the animation, I just can't stand the dubbed voices. Something about hearing English voices when I know I should be hearing Japanese voices throws me off. It's hard for me to watch a Miyazaki movie dubbed and I'm not sure I'll make an exception here. But with that said, this still looks great, like an adventure for the whole family. Enjoy!
Watch the official US trailer for Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo:
You can also watch the US trailer for Ponyo in High Definition on Apple
An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human. You can also check out an old Japanese teaser trailer right here if interested.
Ponyo on the Cliff is both written and directed by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, of Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle previously. The film was animated at the legendary Studio Ghibli. This was released in Japan last summer and was a huge hit at the box office. Disney is bringing Ponyo on the Cliff, now known as just Ponyo, to theaters on August 14th.
I find it funny to see the Disney brand on this soon to be masterpiece. Don't get me wrong, Disney has made some amazing films but having their name on this (NA release) just doesnt seem right.
Ken Masters on Jun 23, 2009
Man I can't wait for this.
KenDoll on Jun 23, 2009
why would Disney have to suck on this one? i remember spirited away won the oscars for the best animated film against Disney`s treasure planet. oh well, if you cant beat them, join them.
Leo on Jun 23, 2009
To be honest, I'm now a little worried about the translation. The bit about "Ponyo, you're the only one who can save the world" I can't remember any part of the film where that was going on. There's one part I can think of, but this film wasn't that ... grand. I just don't recall anything about her saving the world, or the world being "out of balance".
Squiggly on Jun 23, 2009
As the movie is already released in France, I've written this production focus, http://www.itsartmag.com/features/ponyo/ , no spoilers inside, it's about the influences, symbols in this gorgeous hand drawn movie.
Patrice on Jun 23, 2009
I don't need a trailer to convince me to see a Miyazaki film. 🙂 looks cool though... but that guy's voice and the translation, that worries me too... it doesn't feel right.
dave13 on Jun 23, 2009
I love how Disney tries to slap their brand name everywhere possible to make it appear this somehow is their work. Bit more credit to Myazaki and Ghibli logo or whatever would be more appreciated.
Shige on Jun 23, 2009
Stop whining, #7 is right. This movie will be seen by millions more people, because of the Disney name. I am certain that Myazaki is pleased with the idea that his film will have wider a viewership now.
9mm on Jun 23, 2009
Fuck Disney. - Seriously. It's great that as Nate said that kids will see a Miyasaki creation in a cinema, but that might be with the baggage of the Ponyo Fish Sticks Happy meal. Didn't Disney hold back distribution for Totoro for a while too? I'll watch the subtitled version like a grumpy old fart and love it. It does look amazing though.
Crapola on Jun 23, 2009
immature on Jun 23, 2009
Anime characters speaking English. That feels awkward.
AprilCoolsDay on Jun 23, 2009
don't forget that Lasseter is the head of Disney animation AND Pixar. one of Pixar's main inspirations for what they do it because of this one man's animations. I bet ol' Lass thinks it an honor to have his company's name on an animation for his inspiration
josh on Jun 23, 2009
Disney didn't delay Totoro, 20th Century Fox held the rights for a long time and Disney released a superior version once the NA rights returned to them.
suckit on Jun 23, 2009
I've always enjoyed the English dubbing of his films, they always get the best actors for them. Mononoke was great in English as was Howl's moving castle.
LINKFX on Jun 23, 2009
Mononoke was TERRIBLE in English, had to switch it like 20 minutes in. I do agree that Howl's moving castle dub was great though. Billy Crystal actually worked as the flame, and etc, etc..
Itri on Jun 23, 2009
Nice to see hand drawn coming back.
xerxex on Jun 23, 2009
I love Studio Ghibli and Miyasaki Im so there for this but i will try to watch it in the original Japanese subbed first. Btw anyone else think the disney style Ponyo logo is decidedly alike Finding Nemo in looks >?
Fenris on Jun 23, 2009
LIAM NEESON! FUCK YES!
Al on Jun 23, 2009
Why are so many people upset NOW about Disney presenting Miyazaki's films? Their name precedes "presents a Studio Ghibli film" on both Spirited Away AND Howl's Moving Castle. If Miyazaki didn't WANT Disney's help in remaking it for the US then he wouldn't have agreed to let them. Sure Disney makes money off it, but they are also trying to bring something wonderful to the rest of us here in the US, so why don't we stop bitching about it and enjoy the US version as well as the original. And like #13 said, John Lasseter is the head of Disney animation now, and he's NOT the kind of guy who's out just to make money. Miyazaki inspired him as a young animator.
Shoes on Jun 23, 2009
Miyasaki is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. Regardless of who distributes this film, its going to go down as another masterpiece.. Studio Ghibli and Pixar will always be their own companies, its really ignorant to get upset about the distribution.
decap on Jun 23, 2009
Looks amazing!!! Except for the dubbing. All about the subtitles. I love the ocean.
Brandon on Jun 23, 2009
I agree with #22. Forget the dubbing. Subs is the best. However we know some people might just be too lazy to read them.
M on Jun 23, 2009
Or maybe, its dubbed because my 3 year old daughter doesn't speak japanese you dumb fuck.
9mm on Jun 24, 2009
The only terrible thing about the Disney/English DVDs is huggin' John Lasseter's introductions. I already bought the DVD John, I don't need you to tell me what I'm about to watch!
Klausey on Jun 24, 2009
What are you guys talking about! The Anime genre/fad is something Disney should never have put it's hands on. It takes away from classic Disney animation and characterization. I think it really damages the nastalgia a lot of people have with Disney/ Disney animation (not to be over-dramatic, but I'm just saying). This movie just looks like half-talented animators plastering 80's cartoon characters against a cool water background. I wonder when they'll stop putting the focus character motionless against a moving background for dramatic effect...
Antioch on Jun 24, 2009
get your filthy hands off my desert on Jun 24, 2009
Antioch = insane. Honest, you are a fool, a fool I tell you!
Crapola on Jun 24, 2009
GAH!, liam neeson? bah, fuckin matt daemon? come on disney, the old Miyazaki dubs we're so much better than this cast. come on, billy bob! billy C! although i will say i did HATE fuckin Jason Marsden in Spirited Away, hmmm. it is quite the debate, take it away guys!
Marsius on Jun 25, 2009
to no 26: when in this movie does a character remain motionless against a moving background? This movie contained 170, 000 individual drawings (wikipedia) to make the characters and environments and waves move. The Lion King contained only about '119,058 frames of film' (wikipedia) there's much more movement, life, expression and motion here than in any other anime i've seen, except Akira
koopa_beach on Jun 25, 2009
The English dub isn't that bad...at least it's "big budget" dub, and not some cheesy $15 an hour hentai dub...
Google the Oct8pus on Jun 29, 2009
...and Antioch....you've clearly not seen any good anime...
Google the Oct8pus on Jun 29, 2009
Spare us the hellstorm Miyazaki has unleashed upon the animation world with those monstrosities he calls films. He seems to have two distinct morphs of movie, neither one very good. The first is usually just him babbling about why nature is always good and man is always evil as he forces us to hear his characters have at least one speech about how good a person they are because they defend nature. Yes, Hayao, we are destroying nature, yes we are polluting the environment, how about telling us something new? He's not making his audience think with these types of movies, he's just selling them a guilt trip. The second is his other equally bad but far less offensive movie type where a female character is just usually crying and/or doing chores or wandering around a fantasy environment like they're on the world's dullest sightseeing tour. Just look at them, Kiki, Chihiro, Sophie, they spend more than half the movie crying or doing chores, it's like he made the exact same movie at least three times and switched the setting slightly. Then he gets praised for using a “strong” female protagonist because she happens to look determined in one single scene while she cries and whines the rest of the time. Miyazaki is not being creative. He utilizes the same themes and character types in every movie with little to no variation. Everyone praises his works for looking pretty while being distracted from the utter lack of realistic or meaningful story or character.
Glass on Nov 22, 2010
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