The animation has an exotic brushstroke painting feel to it, and there’s a gaggle of reviews online that are praising the storyline, with plenty of references to Miyazaki. I’m a little hesitant, since everyone universally praised Ponyo as the awesomest thing ever, but was a disappointment to me. Still, if this appears in local theaters then its a natural target for me and my 8yr old.
Noah Cyrus will voice the goldfish who wants to be a human and Frankie Jonas will be her human friend Sosuke while other cast members include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Betty White.
In January, Variety reported that John Pixar’s Lasseter was working with Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy to make Hayao Miyazaki/Ghibli’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea “the studio’s biggest hit ever Stateside.” According to the piece, Ghibli has been frustrated that their films have only found a niche audience about anime fans and arthouse goers.
From the Variety piece:
The goal is to boost both the number of screens and the box office take beyond Ghibli’s record for a U.S. release set by “Spirited Away,” the Miyazaki toon that earned a little more than $10 million on 714 screens in 2002 and 2003.
Good news – Ponyo on a Cliff will have much wider distribution than most previous Miyazaki films have had thus far in the US market. The voice line-up for the english dub is suitably all-star, including Matt Damon and Tina Fey.
and Cat Sh%t One, a retelling of the Iran hostage crisis, with animated bunnies:
There’s also a new Fullmetal Alchemist (which other otakusphere stalwarts have been mentioning of late), a sequel to Battleship Yamato, Evangelion 2.0, and a bunch of original stuff that looks pretty interesting. More details at ANN.