i am so excited about hayao miyazaki’s new film! it will be his eighth studio ghibli anime, of which my personal favorites are my neighbor totoro + howl’s moving castle.
the plot centers on a goldfish named ponyo who desperately wants to be a human; in pursuing her goal, she befriends a five-year-old human boy, sōsuke.
ponyo on the cliff is inspired by danish author hans christian andersen’s little mermaid as well as by the traditional Japanese folktale urashima uaro. the seaside village where the story takes place is inspired by a real town in setonaikai national park in japan, where miyazaki stayed in 2004
the film will be released in japan on july 19