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Ponyo - Preview & competition


Preview by Jack Foley

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Storyboards; The Five Genuises Who Created Ponyo – interviews; Japanese trailers and TV spots; Intro by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall (3:19); A Conversation with Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter (3:30); Behind the Microphone: the Voices of Ponyo (6:01); Creating Ponyo (3:55); Ponyo and Fujimoto(2:56); The Nursery (1:57); Scoring Miyazaki (7:17); The Producer’s Perspective: Telling the Story (2:25); The Locations in Ponyo (9:39); Hayao Miyazaki interview (14.00); Toshio Suzuki interview (29:00); Dubbing Session and interview with Japanese cast 25:00); Music Video of the theme song (3:30).

BE TRANSPORTED into the sublime underwater world of Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) as Ponyo makes a splash onto Blu-ray and DVD on June 7, 2010, courtesy of Optimum Home Entertainment.

From acclaimed anime master and Academy Award® winning director Hayao Miyazaki in his ninth animated feature, and Disney/Pixar executive producer John Lasseter (Two-time Academy Award® winner), Ponyo is a wonderfully moving tale about the friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human.

Featuring the voices of Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Tina Fey and introducing Frankie Jonas and Noah Cyrus, Ponyo places Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid in a contemporary Japanese setting: a classic tale of childhood love and adventure.

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 finds her near his seaside home, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human.

Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up on Sosuke’s doorstep, delighted to make herself at home with her new land-dwelling family.

However, her magical powers confined to the Earth begin setting the mystical balance of the world off kilter, and even though the innocent love Ponyo feels for her friend is strong, it will take some help from the greatest powers in the ocean to make things right again.

The latest film from the internationally acclaimed Studio Ghibli, encapsulates everything that makes the studio’s output so unique.

Breathtaking animation combined with thrilling storytelling makes this another worthy addition to the Ghibli catalogue and the perfect film for all the family this summer!

Win Ponyo on DVD

To celebrate the release of Ponyo on DVD on June 7, 2010, IndieLondon has teamed up with Optimum Home Entertainment to offer readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which Hans Christian Anderson tale provides the inspiration for Ponyo?

Simply send the answer to Ponyo DVD competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Certificate: U
Running time: 99mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: June 7, 2010