Hayao Miyazaki, one of anime’s best known and most loved directors has finally announced the details and title of his next film. “Ponyo on a Cliff” is set to for a much anticipated summer 2008. This news comes after the release of Gedo Senki (Tales of Earthsea) Miyazaki’s son Goro’s first directorial release. While the making of Gedo Senki sparked a little turmoil between father and son who had different ideas over when Goro was truly ready for a directorial debut, it didn’t stop Hayao Miyazaki from basing Sousuke, his latest male lead on his son.
The story of “Ponyo on a Cliff” is centered around a young boy of about five named Sousuke, and Ponyo a goldfish princess who desires greatly to be a human. This goal leads her to befriend the young Sousuke. (Anime News Network, 2007).
During an episode of “Professional” several lead animators for the film were released, as were several image boards. (Ishikawa, 2007). The new style of animation to be seen in “Ponyo” is quite fascinating and is to be based greatly on water colors. But perhaps this move was inspired by Miyazaki’s admission that it was a “big theme to get back to the sea.” (Ishikawa, Van Der Lugt, 2007). As is much known from such films as “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirited Away,” and “Princess Mononoke,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Nausicaa Valley of the Wind,” and other Miyazaki features, strong themes are always present. For “Ponyo on a Cliff” it seems that the sea will play a huge part in this, but all fan can do at this point is eagerly await “Ponyo’s” summer 2008 release.
At the same time “Ponyo on a Cliff” was discussed, a joint venture between Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and Naohisa Inoue was announced. While the project titled “Iblard Time” isn’t set for a theatrical release, Miyazaki fans can look forward to a “Miyazaki fix” before “Ponyo on a Cliff’s” release. “Iblard Time” is set to be released on DVD on July 4th. The film is a feature about Inoue’s imaginary world and little is still known about it. Since the date isn’t so far off, you may just want to savor the mystery and pick up a disc this coming July. Also keep an eye out for the theatrical release of “Gedo Senki” (Tales of Earthsea) which will make a small theatrical showing in select theatres around the globe. Dates and theatre’s for the Australia release have been set, but U.S dates are being pushed off due to problems with the Sci-Fi channel who refuse to give up rights to the film can be aired. Unfortunately, it was reported on the Anime News Network that they have the rights to the “Tales of Earthsea” story until 2009, so fans may just have to wait until then to see “Gedo Senki” finally make it’s U.S debut. (2006).
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Ishikawa, T. (2007). “Ponyo” Staffing Notes. Retrieved April 12, 2007, from NausicaaNet Website: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/newspro/latest_news.shtml#newsitemEEZVpEklEEVZHtfoID
Ishikawa, T., Van Der Lugt, P. (2007). Updated: Second “Professional” Trailer Synopsis. Retrieved April 12, 2007, from NausicaaNet Website: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/newspro/latest_news.shtml#newsitemEEZVpEklEEVZHtfoID