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April 2017

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kh, sora, take flight

Since my babies are home again and I'm in a better mood, I want to post here that I've seen Miyazaki's latest film, Ponyo. I admit going into it without high expectations, as nothing I had seen attracted me to it. Boy, was I wrong. It was so charming and wonderful, it almost topples My Neighbor Totoro as my favorite Miyazaki film. Characters, story, and of course animation are delightful, magical, darling, wondrous, and fun. Ponyo herself is one of the quirkiest characters I've seen, a combination of cute goldfish, determined little girl, and force of nature, and Sousuke is an example of the best that a little boy can be. I loved all the characters, and there are so many terrific moments that I won't list them all, but I must mention the one when Sousuke's mom yells at Fujimoto for spraying weed killer. *cracks up* This movie is an innocent delight from beginning to end.


I'm glad your dogs are okay!

I haven't seen Ponyo yet - I was excited about Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle - I still don't see what the big deal about Sprited Away was (I like it, but...) but thanks for the rec.
Chris and I watched Ponyo together - after I had already seen it once on my own. He thought it was a strange movie and didn't really like it. I loved it for its cuteness and innocence. Ponyo herself reminded me of Maya the Bee, one of my childhood idols, which may explain why she instantly appealed to me as a character. It's not in my top 5 favorite Miyazaki movies, but definitely a cute movie.
Firstly, thank goodness your babies are back!! I was hoping things would work out for the best.

And Ponyo... I loved it. I love all of Miyazaki's films, and Ponyo was no exception. I think I was feeling particularly emotional when I watched it, because my eyes wouldn't stop leaking the entire time! I thought it was so beautiful, and utterly romantic despite the youth of our protagonists. When you think about it, the story of The Little Mermaid really does work best when the lovers are so young, since children love so intensely and unconditionally by nature. XD