To read Common Sense Media’s review https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/ponyo
Content Advisory: alcohol opened, climatic storm, moment of unsupervised children
Dazzling visuals and quirky characters make this hand-drawn animated adventure captivating for young viewers. Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro ), created the story of Ponyo, a spirited goldfish who lives a mundane life with her father and many siblings under the sea. She knows she’s not supposed to leave home—and she’s certainly not supposed to explore the world above—but one day, her curiosity gets the best of her, and off she goes. She makes friends with five-year-old Sosuke, and learns to love life on the surface. Pulled between her two different worlds, Ponyo finds that she’s in over her head, and it’s up to her and Sosuke to restore the balance and peace between the humans and Mother Nature. You’ll recognize some of the characters’ voices, including Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, and Liam Neeson.
JBFC Kids activities follow the screening on April 15
Stop Motion Animation!
In the spirit of the animated film, come create original stories starring the JBFCKids creatures and characters from Ponyo using stop-motion animation!
Draw your favorite scene from the film and have it displayed on the wall for its very own photo op!