The Japan Times reviews Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Ponyo - Hayao Miyazaki

The Japan Times reviews Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the latest film from Hayao Miyazaki:

As with most Miyazaki films, I walked out of ​“Ponyo” thinking less about the rambling story, based loosely on ​“The Little Mermaid,” than certain strangely gripping scenes, such as a grimly determined Lisa zipping along a seaside road in her mini car, with Sosuke at her side, as angry anthromorphic waves crash and lash around them, or Sosuke and Ponyo puttering idyllically over a submerged town in a toy boat powered by a burning candle, which has magically grown big enough to hold them.

No one but Miyazaki could have created anything like these moments, with anything like his mastery. If ​“Ponyo” is the start of his artistic second childhood, I say welcome to the sandbox.

No word on when this is coming to American shores, but I hope it’s soon.

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