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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 5 E 8

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Release: February 22, 2012

Movie: Ponyo (2008)

This review contains examples of:

  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel:
    Give me a mood, movie. Am I charmed by this, or frighteningly disturbed?
    • The question is quickly answered.
    So yeah, I don't really know what she was supposed to have done there, but apparently, it cheered the baby up. It would have scared the living FUCKOIDS out of me, but hey, maybe babies like random head-butting!
  • Actor Allusion: When Fujimoto is introduced, he's mentioned as being voiced by Liam Neeson. Near the end, we get this bit of Gag Dub:
  • Adult Fear: One of his two pet peeves about the film is the mother's insane driving while Sosuke is in the car with her, as well as few other examples of parental negligence in the movie.
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  • Berserk Button: The very idea of the Critic reviewing the film causes LittleKuriboh, Spike Spencer, and Uncle Yo to come into his hotel room and attack him in various ways.
  • Breather Episode: After the disgusting, triggering glurge-filled mess that was Patch Adams, the next review he did was this light-hearted and cutely bizarre film.
  • The Cameo: The Angry Video Game Nerd actually appears as one of the people beating him up during the end credits for implying that Howl's Moving Castle sucks.
  • Dull Surprise: From the boy saying "That's weird" nonchalantly to the waves with eyes, and Fujimoto emotionlessly saying "the planet is doomed".
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: In-Universe. Throughout the episode everyone seems to be out for his blood just for daring to criticize the film (among other things, LittleKuriboh beats him with a baseball bat and Spike Spencer shoves a grenade down his pants). The episode ends with fans attacking him for saying he doesn't like Howl's Moving Castle.
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  • No Endor Holocaust: All the people in the movie barely seem to register the fact that a large area of land is now under water.
    Boy, they sure are chipper for everything they've ever known suddenly being lost. In fact, a lot of people in this movie treat it like an inconvinence, like the power went out and it will just be on in a second. They don't act like they just lost their house and home.
  • Papa Wolf: Critic calls out Lisa for driving wildly with her son in the car.
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  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Played for Laughs during the end credits when the Critic is beaten up by anime fans while Ponyo's cute and cheerful theme is playing.


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