YMMV / Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

  • Accidental Innuendo: "I'd let a fish lick me if it'd get me outta this wheelchair"
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Ponyo herself is pretty divisive to American audiences, due to her occasional gross-out nature and oddities throughout.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Every single character seems remarkably nonchalant about a catastrophic flood.
  • Awesome Art: To be expected of a Studio Ghibli production, of course, but Ponyo is particularly notable in that none of the film was animated with CGI, which makes its gorgeous animation even more stunning.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Ponyo's stare-off with the baby. It's random.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song. Partially due to the presence of certain siblings of certain controversial Disney personalities. But even if you hate the song, it's undeniably catchy... which makes it much more of an Ear Worm if you do hate it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fujimoto. Despite (or even because of) the fact that he's a henpecked, crotchety, and overprotective father, two-thirds of the small but growing fanwork base involves him.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This anime film by Hayao Miyazaki based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen's Tear Jerker Fairy Tale "The Little Mermaid" was apparently popular in Denmark enough due to the fact that Denmark simply gave it its own Official Website.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The March 2011 8.9 earthquake in Tohoku had the ocean sweeping over elevated roads in the same fashion as the film. Nobody dying, and everyone shrugging it off as a 2.0 earthquake? ....yeeeeeeeeeaah.... not really. Makes it a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment in the film, too.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Matt Damon and Tina Fey's characters are a married couple, although are in separate distance from each other. In the new season of 30 Rock, Tina Fey and Matt Damon play characters who are dating each other.
    • Liam Neeson playing a loving, extremely protective father in this movie...then playing an extremely violent version of the same archetype in Taken.
    • Adventure Time fans might notice one of Sosuke's peers holding a green plush elephant that resembles Tree Trunks with tusks, although Adventure Time had yet to become an actual show when Ponyo premiered.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Respect your father!"
    • "Teeth!"
    • "HAM!"
    • The "Ponyo loves" fancomic, which has been cloned into many other fandoms as a Counterpart Comparison of sorts. In it a character talks about the people and things they love in an animated fashion, only to get a serious face when introduced to an antagonistic/oppressive character and express their love of revolution.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Both Kumiko and The Baby have an annoying cry when they're upset.
  • Narm:
    • Ponyo assaulting The Baby's face, The Baby's voice, talking about making milk for The Baby...
    • The dubbed ending song, both the normal and the remixed version.
  • Narm Charm: Both of the above are almost fitting due to how the movie tends to run on child logic.
  • Painful Rhyme: "She's a little fish from the deep blue sea" / "She's a little girl with a round tum-MY."
  • Retroactive Recognition: Noah Cyrus voices Ponyo in the English dub.
  • Squick: Ponyo occasionally engages in squicky behavior, like when she spits dirty water on Kumiko's dress and snuggles a baby's face.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Of "Ride of the Valkyries", when Ponyo rides the tsunami to the surface. Possibly a Shout-Out, because her real name is Brunhilde.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Ponyo is easily Studio Ghibli's most feel-good movie.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • The theme song. The English version of the song segues into a rockier remix and is consequently less cute.
    • Pretty much the entire movie if you're not into that sort of thing, especially the ending shot.
  • Uncanny Valley: Granmanmare evokes this due to her design being slightly more realistic than the traditionally Miyazaki-esque characters that surround her. Also, Ponyo's inbetween human-and-fish form.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Leaving five-year-old children alone and unsupervised (in the middle of a typhoon, no less!) could be considered criminal neglect in some jurisdictions. Still, it can be considered as Lisa choosing the lesser of two evils — either bring them with her where they'd all easily be swept away by a particularly bad wave, or let them stay on high ground in the comparatively safe house.
    • Why isn't staying at home an option? Did the old people at the retirement home at least give her a light lecture? They've lived a full life, but if anything happens to Lisa, or her husband at sea during the typhoon, the two kids wouldn't last long.
    • The reason why she left them to go to the retirement home may have been the movie's way of reflecting the Japanese value that the young should take care of the elderly, no matter the circumstances. A strong case of Values Dissonance, especially since in Western culture it's viewed as the other way around.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: A little girl who happens to be the daughter of a deity, running across the water.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Ponyo, when we first see her. Look at the movie poster.
    • Fujimoto. Some viewers weren't sure of his gender until he spoke his first lines.
    • The baby that Ponyo just met has an unknown gender.


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