Netflix: this animated masterpiece of crazy poetry will amaze you – Actus Ciné


The animated classic “Ponyo on the Cliff” by the great Hayao Miyazaki is available on Netflix. Don’t miss the opportunity to (re)discover this magical work.

There are certain works that you absolutely must have seen at least once in your life. Ponyo on the cliff is undoubtedly one of these. The Japanese masterpiece Hayao Miyazaki, released in theaters in 2009, is available on the Netflix platform, so don’t miss it!


Ponyo on the cliff is the story of Sosuke, a little boy who, while playing on the beach, discovers Ponyo, a little goldfish girl trapped in a jar of jam. He saves her and decides to keep her, promising to protect her and take care of her. But Ponyo’s father, a once-human wizard who lives at the bottom of the sea, forces her to return with him to the depths…

Marvel of poetry and humanity, visually marvelous, Ponyo on the cliff is a simply magical film. A new tour de force from Ghibli studios and its master Hayao Miyazaki after The Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away or even Howl’s Moving Castle…

Young and old alike will be fascinated and carried away by this abundant Ponyo on the cliff, full of ideas. A true hymn to tolerance, to life, to love and to nature, this adaptation of the tale The little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen will not leave anyone indifferent. A must.

What kids will love:

  • The extraordinary images of the film, from which emerge an incredible poetry. Visually, Ponyo on the cliff is a constant delight.
  • The character of Ponyo, irresistible. Every kid would want to meet this amazing fish girl!
  • The main song of the film, which will long trot in their heads (and in those of their parents!). Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo!

What might worry them:

  • Hayao Miyazaki’s own dreamlike cinema may surprise at first sight, but children should quickly get used to it.
  • The image of big waves with eyes could impress the little ones.
  • The fate of Sousuke’s parents, sometimes uncertain.

To know :

  • For this film, Hayao Miyazaki decided to purify the drawing as much as possible and to bring a graphic style close to the illustrations of children’s books. Refusing the use of digital images, he decided to opt for pastel colors and watercolors.
  • Ponyo on the Cliff was screened in Competition at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, where it received a warm ovation.

Hayao Miyazaki talks about “Ponyo on the cliff”:

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