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Disney to release Ponyo – a Japanese animated film

The Movie Blog writes that Disney will be releasing a Japanese animated film in America. The film did well in Japan grossing $150 million. The plot is similar to The Little Mermaid wherein a little a little “girl-fish” wants to be human and explore life out of the underworld but the story is also based on Japanese forklore.

The American version will feature the voice talent of Noah Cyrus, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson Betty White and opens August 14.

You can see “>the Japanese trailer below.

Community Comments

#1 Tom Heintjes
May/5/2009
@ 9:30 am

Is it a Japanese animated film, or a Japanese-animated film? I see lots of Korean-animated films.

Just kidding–it sounds like it will be a hit with the kiddie set and will make a fine Happy Meal tie-in.

#2 Ben Rankel
May/5/2009
@ 10:04 am

Speaking of Studio Ghibli – oh wait they weren’t even mentioned – does anyone know if Tales From Earthsea has distribution rights for Canada yet? Space channel was blocking it’s release here for a while.

By the way, if you haven’t heard of Studio Ghibli and you’re involved in art/comics/cartoons as either a creator or an admirer, you are missing out. Read up on who they are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_Ghibli and then check out their amazing library of films.

#3 Trevor Kent
May/6/2009
@ 7:23 am

Oh man, I can’t wait. Ben is right, if you are involved in anything art related, you must check out Studio Ghibli. Especially anything directed by Hayao Miyazaki. His movies are always incredible and inspirational.

#4 Ben Rankel
May/6/2009
@ 4:15 pm

The thing about studio Ghibli and animation in Japan is that their work isn’t soft-handed away as some sort of child offering.

They make films, amazing stories and incredible characters, that happen to be done in the media of animation.

As such comments like this, “Just kiddingâ??it sounds like it will be a hit with the kiddie set and will make a fine Happy Meal tie-in.” simply exemplify the problem with NA’s handling of animation in general.

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