I know everybody is eager to talk about Ponyo this weekend, and comments are scattered around quite a bit, so I think we should have one Open Thread to talk about the movie.
Go ahead and chat with one another, share your experiences, talk about the size of the audiences in your theater, etc.
Naturally, I would ask that we all refrain from spoilers. You're all so thoughtful and considerate, so you don't need me to remind you. The Ghibli Blog has the smartest comments and discussions of any animation site on the internet, and that's a tradition we should be proud of.
I'm headed out now to see Ponyo at one of the local theaters. My original plan was to catch an early show in Edina, then see a second show in Roseville or one of the other suburbs. I may have to take the second show on Sunday, but I'd like to get a good feel for the crowds around here. It does, however, take me longer to get around, as I don't own a car.
Anyway, discuss, enjoy! And don't panic about box-office numbers. The true test of Ponyo is whether is continues to draw an audience over time. Do your part to help - bring friends and family with you to the theater. It's Miyazaki on the big screen, folks - don't pass this up.