With Ponyo, Hayao Miyazaki turns his attention to Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, The Little Mermaid. Combining the age-old story of a forbidden love with the sort-of magical wonderment for which he is famous for, Miyazaki has created another visual treat along the lines of My Neighbor Totoro.
One day while playing at the bluffs alongside his house, five-year-old Sosuke finds what he thinks is a goldfish stuck inside an empty jar. The fact that the fish has a human face does not deter him from thinking it's a fish. He breaks the jar and gets the fish into a bucket of fresh water, relieved to find that it is still alive. He names the fish Ponyo and is determined to take care of it.
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