by Chris MaGee
The one cinematic event that I'm most anticipating this summer... well, besides the Shinsedai Cinema Festival... is the North American theatrical release of Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated feature "Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea". To get me worked up about it even further Apple is now streaming a beautiful Quicktime trailer of the film featuring the voice talent of Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, and Frankie Jonas amongst other Hollywood heavy hitters. Re-titled simply "Ponyo" for this side of the pond the trailer is indeed beautiful, but it really plays up the messianic nature of little Ponyo, a goldfish who longs to be a human girl, instead of the the friendship she forges with Sosuke, a boy who lives in a seaside town... a friendship that's been the focus of all the other trailers for the film, both domestic and international.
Oh well... the folks in the U.S. don't really thrive on subtly I guess. Regardless, head on over to bask in the lush visuals at Apple before "Ponyo" hits North American theatres on August 14th. Thanks to Anime News Network for pointing the way to this.