I've seen this on several websites recently, so it's probably old news to the Brits who were expecting to see Ponyo right about now. The UK release has been pushed back to February, 2010. Optimum, the company that handles the distribution of the Studio Ghibli films in Great Britain, has nothing about Ponyo listed in their upcoming movies list.
No official word has been given for the delay, and I'm sure this is going to royally suck for every one of you Ghibli Freaks across the pond. I really don't know why this is, seeing that the UK Ponyo will feature the Disney soundtrack from the States. When you factor in Ponyo's DVD release now in Japan, the Blu-Ray in December, and the possible US DVD-BD release in October, this decision to delay becomes frustrating, baffling.
This is the sort of sweep-under-the-rug treatment we're used to seeing from Disney here in the US. Now that Ponyo has been given the red-carpet treatment here, won't that be extended to the UK? Possibly not. That sucks.