Originally Posted by singe_101
It's great they got Matt Damon to do maybe 9, 10 short lines of dialogue as Koichi.
I was impressed with the quality but not in awe. Tier 0? I'm not going to refer to this or demo it unless it has to be manual animation. It was not requiring Blu-Ray quality for much of what was displayed, the betrayal that is DVD does not change that.
For the movie... pleasant, but definitely watch it before buying. It makes earnest scenes about preparing hot tea, starting a generator, and serving noodles, so it would fit in with PBS mornings. It isn't really based on humor and the "tense" moments are for the little ones. They also jump around and muddle what plot there is.
Nah. Here's a refresher of what you're talking about. The quality of animation, art direction, and story of PBS shows is not the same quality as Ponyo.http://www.sproutonline.com/sprout/c...preset=caillou
I think it's really stretching it. If nothing else, the pacing and respect for the characters is far less patronizing than typical children's programming. It'd stick out like a sore thumb. In a good way.
As far as the critique of the plot... you see it as a negative, but it's exactly why I liked it. A quote from Amazon that summed up my feelings nicely...
"The story of Ponyo is truly Disney-esque on the surface - but only on the surface. A boy, Sosuke, finds a "goldfish" trapped in a jar and frees her. He also gives her the name Ponyo. It doesn't take very long for Ponyo to develop a pet-like affinity for Sosuke, leading her to the decision that she wants to be a human. It's really that simple. The rest is Miyazaki's masterful aptitude for making the plot less important than his signature slice-of life sequences of how people relate to each other and their environment.
Watching Ponyo at times feels like people-watching. And, like people watching, it all amounts to a perplexing joy. "
Bu then Yi Yi is one of my all time favorite films and I've had lots of people who watched it tell me they didn't like it because "nothing happens." Different strokes for different folks...