My friend Celina and I share many interests, one of which is Miyazaki films. However, there’s one particular movie that we’ve agreed to disagree on:
She loves Ponyo. I don’t. Did I miss something? I was REALLY excited to see it when it was released. It had a rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars. I was ready to be thrilled by another adventure through fantastical worlds and quirky little creatures that only Hayao Miyazaki could conjure. Instead I sat through 1.5 hours of a little girl shrieking “HAM!!” (it got old really fast) and watched a mother give Honey Boo Boo’s mom a run for her money for parent of the year by nonchalantly abandoning two 5 year-olds in a dangerous flood (“You’re a big boy now! Buh-bye!”). WTF? Miyazaki films tend to have their eccentric moments, but usually it’s all those little oddities that make them so endearing. This one was just BIZARRE. And what the hell was going on in that one scene with the baby? I couldn’t find the clip to show to everyone, but for anyone who’s seen the movie…you know the one I’m talking about. Face. Assaulted.
Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from making a little Ponyo. Because Celina rocks that much. 😀
Ponyo, hanging out in her little green bucket. Before she goes into that awkward in-between frog-fish-human hybrid mode as she morphs into girl-Ponyo.
HAMMMMM. PONYO LOVES HAM!!
Never did understand that obsession with the ham. The kid hasn’t even tried bacon yet. That shit will change your life. Nevertheless, I can say I’ve got another Miyazaki critter under my belt!
Ponyo adapted from the free pattern by Anne Gee White!