Riffs - Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea

Riffs - Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea
Riffs - Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Riffs - Laputa: Castle in the Sky
This is an excellent example of reusing a classic shot from an earlier work. I spotted this Ponyo riff on my second viewing. This scene shows a group of elderly grandmothers racing each other, the woman in blue is speeding ahead, her arms pumping comically. When I spotted that, I was immediately reminded of another senior in a Miyazaki movie - Dola, the leader of the pirates, from Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

I'm posting a couple photos from the run in Castle in the Sky, so you get a good idea of the movements. It's pretty funny and goofy, and I think it dates back to Yasuo Otsuka's comic slapstick in Lupin III. He really embraced the limited animation style of television, and adapted his full animation skills with Lupin. The result is a lot of funny antics and poses. Hayao Miyazaki, clearly, learned from that.

I was surprised and glad to see an old bit reappear in Ponyo. It also happens to be a sweet, touching moment in and of itself, a romantic fairy tale for the elderly. Are the elderly even allowed to be in American movies anymore? I'm pretty sure Governor Ahnold signed something into law.


David said...

Woolie Reitherman would be proud.
(Woolie also liked to "quote" moments from earlier films by reusing them in later films).

hjg said...

I've added some references
here. Perhaps we could find a reference from each Miyazaki's movie :-)

serhei said...

I can't believe how long it took me to get a blatant reference to Future Boy Conan - prehensile feet! (So many FBC scenes have Conan grabbing onto something with his implausibly flexible big toes.)

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Yeah, I noticed the Conan feet, too. Ponyo with her wild red hair reminds me a lot of Jimsy. Let's just hope she doesn't take up smoking :P

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