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English Cast For Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo

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GhibliWorld reports that Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy will produce the English localization of Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, with a cast that includes Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White, Fankie Jonas, Noah Cyrys and Cloris Leachman. Gake no ue no Ponyo draws from his relationship with his son, Goro to tell the tale of a five year old boy's friendship with a gold fish who wants to become a human, employing a watercolor based look inspired by time that Miyazaki spent on a rental house by sea cliff.
Speculation is abound on when the movie will hit North American treaters. GhibliWorld says that test screenings are currently being held, the final version will screen in US theaters in 2009. ICV2 notes that there is evident that Disney may release Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on a Cliff By the Sea theatrically in North America in first quarter 2008. The article sites that is listing Viz Media’s The Art of Ponyo on a Cliff By the Sea for release on March 3rd, and AAA Anime has the release of the first volume of the Ponyo on a Cliff By the Sea Film Comic set for early April. 2005 when Miyazaki’s previous movie, Howl’s Moving Castle, debuted in theaters on June 10th, Viz Media released The Art of Howl’s Moving Castle on the 5th of July and The Howl’s Moving Castle Film Comic in August. In 2002 when Miyazaki’s Spirited Away premiered in theaters on September 20th, Viz Media released The Art of Spirited Away in October. reports has a listing for Ponyo with a release date of July 19, 2009 (a Sunday).
Pink Tentacle's coverage of Top 60 popular Japanese words/phrases of 2008 puts a Ponyo reference at the 20 spot. 20. “Ponyo, ponyo ponyo, the fish kid” (ponyo, ponyo ponyo, sakana no ko): This is a line from the theme song for anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.” Performed by Fujioka-Fujimaki (famous duo Takaaki Fujioka and Naoya Fujimaki) and eight-year-old Nozomi Ohashi, the song reached No.3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts in August.

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  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I always watch his movies with subtitles

    by comedian_x

    so this is of little concern for me.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I dont have any good asian mockeries

    by ArcadianDS

    so i can't be first this time. sorry guys. Tho I did find the upstairs guy funny in Breakfast at Tiffanys.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon ain't English

    by My Mom Is A Whore

    Just sayin'.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    AcadianDS just bounces from

    by comedian_x

    talkback to talkback being an asshole. Bash gays, check. Bash asians, check.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I enjoy most anime, but the description of this movie

    by Drunken Rage

    "Gake no ue no Ponyo draws from his relationship with his son, Goro to tell the tale of a five year old boy's friendship with a gold fish who wants to become a human." Honestly, that doesn't sound "magical," that just sounds retarded.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Matt and Tina make a Ponyo

    by beetlegeuse

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Miyasaki can say he's Ponyoin' Matt Damon

    by comedian_x

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Drunken Rage

    by RabidDogma

    By "most anime", what do you mean? Have you seen Miyazaki's other movies? You might not think that a movie about a pig flying an airplane in Italy would be good, but Porco Rosso was fantastic. Every Miyazaki movie I've seen has been great. Anime isn't really a genre, it's a medium, or a "supergenre".

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I love miyazaki

    by Zeegloo

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    Maybe I'm a Stickler, but...

    by grungies

    this cast seems a little star-studded for a movie about a ****ing goldfish princess. Would it be so much to ask for a cast of regular voice actors, with a famous name or two thrown in when needed? Despite this, I will see this film in theaters. It's Miyazaki. I'm psyched to no end.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Drunken Rage...

    by grungies

    You wouldn't expect a movie about two little girls who move to the country and interact with a trio of trolls to be a good movie, but's it's a masterpiece. I've learned to trust in Miyazaki no matter how strange the concept. He ALWAYS delivers.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I don't understand why they use celebs for voice works.

    by Damien Chowder

    It's like hiring Harrison Ford hand modelling for power tools.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    My Girlfriend

    by Toonol

    Imported a Japanese copy of this; she's trying to build a complete library of everything Miyazaki's ever done. It's ok, but not great. Kind of like Pixar's "Finding Nemo"... not a bad film by any consideration, just not as great as you hope it to be considering the creator's track record.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    subtitles or not at all

    by vaudeville villain

    dubbed anime is something i can really do without.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Oh, and the movie's main song

    by Toonol

    Is both terribly cute and incredibly annoying at the same time: [remove spaces]. She now tries to rick-roll me with this song and video at every opportunity.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by Acne Scarface

    *ahem*...back 2 lurking.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by JimmyPasta

    First post by me in about a year!

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I have a copy of this somewhere on my computer...

    by lord_zedd

    and I still haven't brought myself to watch it. I don't know why. I feel like the best parts were probably all crammed together in the trailer. Regardless, I guess I'd better man up and find out for me-self!

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Most Miyazaki dubs are pretty damn good

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And Christian Bale's Howl voice in Howl's Moving Castle is a better Batman voice than the corroded, Clint Eastwood-gargling-with-battery-acid one he came up with for the actual Batman movies. Don't most anime movies just animate the mouths first, and then the voice actors do the performance? Whenever I watch a subtitled anime, the mouth movements don't seem to match the Japanese voices, so dubbing I have no problem with.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Liam Neeson FTW!

    by TheWaqman

    And Miyazaki double FTW! Definitely will watch this. That trailer is both too cute and creepy.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Please let Damon be the fish

    by terry1978

    That would be fucking hilarious.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Hayao and Miyazaki make a Ponyo

    by TheBigLebowsky

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Tina Fey?!?

    by MsQue

    awesome! the great amount of respect i have for that woman has increased that much more. Normally dubbing blows, but famous cast aside, disney normally does a better than average job at it. Good enough to keep back the rage.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I'm fishing Matt Damon!!!

    by Thrillho77

    That pun was free, gents. Feel free to use it at other websites

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Team America ' I'm Matt Damon".

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Sums it up.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    RabidDogma and Grungies

    by Drunken Rage

    I didn' think much of "Princess Mononoke," frankly, I thought it was waaaay too long. Same with "Howl's Moving Castle," which I like much less. I'm not saying there's nothing there, I'm just saying that I don't see what the big deal is. Having said that, "Gake no ue no Ponyo" sounds like shit.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by Chief Joseph

    So it's not yet another tale of a girl that has no parents that has to work for a living? GOOD. I was getting mighty tired of that same, worn-out old formula. I thought HOWL was an incoherent mess.<br> Frankly, Miyazaki himself is starting to grate on me lately. There was an interview recently where he said that all manga and anime besides his suck.<br> I always thought fellow Ghibli director Takahata was the more talented one.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    seen it...

    by The Internet

    Don't let the tame plot description fool you - Ponyo boasts some of Miyazaki's most psychedelic moments yet - even before the opening credits. Its definitely not as dark as most of his later films, but no less eye-popping.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    trailerr looks good

    by imageburn13

    The fish looks really funny :) but the car turning the corner took me back to lupin III and thats really good. also seems more happy like kikis d service, and less spirited away.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    trailerr looks good

    by imageburn13

    The fish looks really funny :) but the car turning the corner took me back to lupin III and thats really good. also seems more happy like kikis d service, and less spirited away.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    re: ArcadianDS

    by Chief Joseph

    Yeah, now I feel a little bad for defending him somewhat on that TB. I perceived him as being bullied, and I hate bullies. But I guess some people earn it....<br> I remember in High School how everyone in PE class made fun of this fat freshman kid named Donny. So I told them to leave Donny alone. I later found out that it wasn't Donny's weight that was getting him mocked, it was the fact that Donny was a total jerk.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Did they say "Shut the fuck up, Donny!"

    by Thrillho77

    I would have. Whether he was talking at the time or not.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST

    English dubbs aren't always a bad thing.

    by one_crazy_nagger

    I enjoyed both the dubbed and subtitled versions of all Miyazaki works - especially Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. I tried watching the remastered Dragon Ball Z episodes, but the Japanese voices were really annoying. In that rare instance, the English version is more preferable.

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST

    English Dubs continued

    by Alientoast

    I also liked the Cowboy Bebop English dubs more then the original Japanese.

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Liam an anime...

    by Anna Valerious

    You won't believe how horny this makes me...

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    English dubs BLOW!

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Fucking wankers only subtitles matter. Original voices is what counts.

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Does Liam Neeson play a mentor, carry a sword, and die?

    by Spandau Belly

    Because otherwise he's contractually obligated to turn down role.

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    i'm with evilwizard

    by vaudeville villain

    english dubs do blow. pretty hard, in fact.

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    The Only English Dub That Blows

    by Splurch

    is the Dakota Fanning one for My Neighbor Totoro. The first dub was excellent, and the only reason they did a new one was so they could advertise the celebrity cast.

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Someone's earlier porno joke

    by Thrillho77

    made me curious to see a Miyazaki hentai....

  • Nov. 27, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Damn...Zack & Miki jokes been done already!

    by pokadoo

    Too slow!

  • Nov. 28, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST


    by Chief Joseph

    I know somebody made a fanmade porno of one of Miyazaki movies. Kiki's Delivery Service, I think.<br> And yes Thrillho77, lots of people told him "Shut the fuck up Donny." They also stole his Gameboy and vandalized his Air Jordans.

  • Nov. 28, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    They test screened this in Pasadena earlier this week.

    by Duke of Hurl

    Reviews were positive.

  • Nov. 28, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Disney has good dubs

    by Johnno

    John Lasseter will make certain. As for Howl's, it wasn't originally being done by Miyazaki, I haerd the original director jumped ship very late in the project and Hayao had to step in and finish it, so it's no wonder it's less than optimal. But everything else is fucking awesome! Nothing can touch Princess Mononoke! Ghibli should make a Shadow of the Colossus movie!

  • Nov. 28, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Why not hire professional voice actors?

    by textual

    They cost less to bring on board and give better performances. No matter what Disney will give this movie very little fanfare, so why not focus on quality.

  • Nov. 30, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    by Staldo

    The best Miyazaki dub to come out of this Disney thing was probably Nausicaa, even if some of the lines came out sounding precisely like they did in the old "warriors of the wind" butchered version. What is with the Disney strategy of using famous name voice actors to sell these things? Does anybody really give a shit if Billy Crystal did the voice of a lump of coal in Howl's moving castle? Isn't Robin Williams a huge fan of anime? Why hasn't he been involved in one of these dubs yet?