* AllStarCast[=/=]CelebrityVoiceActor: While Disney has always been able to find a few famous actors to do the English dubs of Ghibli films and ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', this movie seriously takes the cake. With a cast including: Creator/MattDamon, Creator/TinaFey, CateBlanchett, LiamNeeson, Creator/BettyWhite, Lily Tomlin, and Cloris Leachman.
* DoingItForTheArt: Pretty much a given with [[Creator/HayaoMiyazaki Miyazaki]] films, but impressive even by his standards. Hand-drawn animation, folks.
* HeyItsThatVoice: A lot of A-Listers are in the English dub. It is Disney, after all, so they can afford it.
** In the Disney dub, Liam Neeson plays Ponyo's father, [[Franchise/StarWars a wizard]][=/=][[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia god type]] [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans person]] [[{{Film/Taken}} with a missing daughter]] [[Film/LesMiserables1998 that he tries to prevent from falling in love.]])
** [[Series/HannahMontana Noah Cyrus]] and [[Music/TheJonasBrothers Frankie Jonas]] lead.
*** To be fair, the fact that the leads are a Cyrus and a Jonas relative is never played up; Disney presumably just used them because they were cute kids upon whom Disney held the contracts.
** Creator/TinaFey plays Sosuke's mom. Creator/MattDamon plays his dad.
** CateBlanchett plays a [[Film/LordOfTheRings tall, beautiful woman with legendary power]].
** Lily Tomlin, Creator/BettyWhite, and Cloris Leachman play old people.
** Carlos Alazraqui ([[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Rocko]], [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Mr. Crocker]], the Taco Bell chihuahua) plays one of the crewmembers of the ship Sosuke's dad is on.
** Rumi Hiiragi, who voices Chihiro in Anime/SpiritedAway, plays a young mother on a boat.
** While she has a very minor role, Colleen O'Shaughnessey - AKA Sora and Yoshino from Digimon (Adventure and Data Squad, respectively) - is also in this movie.
*** As is Mona Marshall/Izzy, who plays one of the old ladies
* RealitySubtext: Miyazaki made ''Ponyo'' as a means of trying to reconcile with his estranged son (the one who directed ''TalesFromEarthsea''). Throughout the film Sosuke and his father are separated.