Gake no ue no Ponyo (Japan)
Memorable characters, imaginative visuals and irresistible charm make this latest masterpiece from the visionary Miyazaki an unforgettable film-going experience. Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) is a mischievous and adventurous little goldfish, who drifts away from the undersea home she shares with her father, the wizard Fujimoto (voiced by Liam Neeson), and hundreds of little sisters. Far from her home, she meets Sosuke (voiced by Frankie Jonas), a 5-year-old boy who lives by the sea with his mother Lisa (voiced by Tina Fey). Sosuke gently cares for his new pet and quickly wins Ponyo’s heart. Ponyo’s father, desperate for his daughter to return to their undersea home, uses his magic to bring her back, much to Ponyo’s dismay. But Ponyo, ever the stubborn little goldfish, longs to return to her special friend. She magically transforms herself into a little girl and finds her way back to Sosuke’s house where she and her friend embark on a series of adventures. But Ponyo’s desire to be human upsets the delicate balance of nature and triggers a gigantic storm. Only Ponyo’s mother, a beautiful sea goddess (voiced by Cate Blanchett), can restore nature’s balance and perhaps make Ponyo’s dreams come true.
Awards & Festivals: Future Film Festival Digital Award-Special Mention, Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award, Nominated for Golden Lion - Venice International Film Festival 2008, Los Angeles Film Festival 2009, New York International Children's Film Festival, 2009, Best Animation Film, Best Film Score - Awards of the Japanese Academy 2009