Trivia / Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

  • All-Star Cast:
    • 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.
  • Approval of God: Hayao Miyazaki was impressed by the film's English dub.
  • Children Voicing Children: Ponyo and Sosuke are voiced by actual young children.
  • 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.
  • Image Source:
  • Promoted Fanboy: Fujimoto's English VA Liam Neeson was familiar with Miyazaki's works before he was cast.
  • 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 sang the image song "Rondo of the House of Sunflowers".
  • So My Kids Can Watch: For the English dub, Megan Marshall, the daughter of the English version's executive producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, suggested that Frankie Jonas and Noah Cyrus should play Sosuke and Ponyo, respectively.
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