Ponyo on a Cliff (Gake no ue no Ponyo)
is an animated film by the Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, to be written and directed by famed anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The plot centers on a goldfish princess named “Ponyo” who desperately wants to be a human. In pursuing her goal, she befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sousuke. Work began on the film in 2006. Ghibli currently expects the film to be released in summer 2008. The film will have an original animation style heavily based on watercolors, a first for Miyazaki’s films.
There will be no computer-generated imagery (CGI) at all, in contrast to Miyazaki’s recent animated films Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, both in which CGI was used extensively. This movie will also would mark a return to actual cel animation, which is very rare these days where digital ink-and-paint has more or less totally replaced the use of traditional animation cels.
However, as of January, 2007 it has been said that the name of Miyazaki’s next film, purportedly his last would be I Lost my Little Boy. It was officially announced in March 2007 that Miyazaki’s next film would be Gake no ue no Ponyo. It is not known if I Lost my Little Boy is still being considered for any future film.