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Ponyo (2008)

  • Starring: Noah Cyrus, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • Rating: G
  • Running Time: 101 min.

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish — she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human. Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up at Sosuke’s doorstep, delighted to make herself at home with her new land-dwelling family. But having a magical fish princess walking around on dry land begins setting the mystical balance of the world off kilter, and even though the innocent love Ponyo feels for her dear friend is strong, it will take some help from the greatest powers in the ocean to make things right again. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

"We're drawn under the waves of the sea to a hidden enclave of neon-hued aqualife more vibrant, surreal and enchanting than any of the floating 3D whatsits in 'Avatar'."
- David Jenkins, Time Out
"Children will love this. It's classic Miyazaki."
- Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"This exquisite pastel-colored, eye-popping example of hand-drawn animation is still very Japanese, aimed most specifically at children around the world -- but with a storytelling sophistication that adults will savor."
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Five minutes into this magical film you'll be making lists of the individuals of every age you can expose to the very special mixture of fantasy and folklore, adventure and affection, that make up the enchanted vision of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to places previously beyond the limits of imagination. It's quite a trip."
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Hayao Miyazaki's magical Ponyo blends fantasy with just a drop of reality, and the result is irresistible."
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched. It's wonderful and never even seems to try: It unfolds fantastically."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Charming, amusing and firmly anchored in a child's point of view, this movie from the master animator of Spirited Away makes a great introduction to that acquired-taste style of filmmaking."
- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Showtimes

  • Friday, 8/25 tbd
  • Saturday, 8/26 tbd