Friday, August 14, 2009


I got a splattering of emails lambasting me for forgetting to mention Ponyo opening today!

THE PITCH: An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.


It's hard after seeing the preview NOT to go. And look at that tagline! Good, good stuff. The director is the infamous Hayao Miyazaki who is mostly known to American audiences for The Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, which is a shame. The man has a body of work that would make Scorsese blush.

His use of imagery and fable is fantastic. I'm not sold on how well the new English voice overs will hold...I tend to agree with this blog posting note on the New York Times from one viewer:

"Watch it in Japanese with subtitles if you can
I love these movies but prefer to watch in Japanese with subtitles. The voice overs usually rots the spirit and charm of the original."
— Ian, New York

"Rots the spirit and charm...". Ah, New Yorkers.

This needs to go on your list of movies to see this weekend as well

Mikey Movie Madness review - I give this a solid 7; if the voice overs work with the animation, this may go as far as 8.5...


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