Trivia / Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

  • All-Star Cast/Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • As with all Ghibli films since 1997, several famous actors and comedians provide several roles in the film, such as Tomoko Yamaguchi, George Tokoro, Kazushige Nagashima, Yuki Amami, Tomoko Naraoka, and Kazuko Yoshiyuki.
    • While Disney has always been able to find a few famous actors to do the English dubs of Ghibli films and Kingdom Hearts, this movie seriously takes the cake. With a cast including: Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Betty White, Lily Tomlin, and Cloris Leachman.
  • Doing It for the Art: Pretty much a given with Miyazaki films, but impressive even by his standards—no CGI was used during this film, at all.
  • Reality Subtext: Miyazaki made Ponyo as a means of trying to reconcile with his estranged son (the one who directed Tales from Earthsea). Throughout the film Sosuke and his father are separated.
  • Real-Life Relative: Joe Hisaishi's daughter Mai sings vocals on several cues of the film's score. Mai even sung the image song "Rondo of the House of Sunflowers".