Photos - Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea (Hi-Res)
Ponyo opens today on 800 screens in the United States. It is the widest release of any Studio Ghibli movie by far, has received top support from Disney, Steven Spielberg's producers, and Pixar's John Lasseter. The buzz is high, the Ghibli Freaks are eager, and the critics are swooning - 96% on the Tomatometer as of this morning (the score is 44-2).
Well, you've all been screeching and bawling for Hayao Miyazaki to finally get some support in this stupid country. Now you have your wish. The rest is up to you. It's your goal to put as many seats into those theaters as possible this weekend and generate word-of-mouth buzz. If you have family members who love My Neighbor Totoro, this is the perfect movie for them. Drag 'em to the multiplex with a handful of tickets. Then race 'em back to the line for the second showing.
We only get to see a new Miyazaki film on the big screen once every four years. He has now directed 10 feature films and is 68 years old. Do the math, kids. You will not have many more opportunities to experience this again. Remember what the seniors at the old folks' home on The Simpson's say - every episode of Matlock may be our last! Hurry!