Ponyo: Japanese Wizard's Magic
Oscar-winning Spirited Away director Hayo Miyazaki returns with Ponyo. "A little boy and a little girl, love and responsibility, the ocean and life -- these things and that which is most elemental to them, are depicted in the most basic way in Ponyo," Miyazaki said of his latest animated gem.
Liam Neeson plays Fujimoto and thought Ponyo would be his only chance to work with Miyazaki -- the Japanese filmmaking visionary. "He seems to dip from various cultures from around the world," Neeson said. "The myths, the fantasies of different countries and then adds something else uniquely his, a magnetic element that's purely him, you know?"
Neeson's character has a birds-eye view of the world of Miyazaki in Ponyo. "I play this character, Fujimoto, who I guess is a regulator of the oceans. He lives underwater, but he's capable of going up on dry land as long as he remains wet. He can't dry out," Neeson said.
Neeson was drawn to his character's supernatural elements. "He's kind of Merlin-type of figure capable of making magic potions. He kind of addresses and keeps -- or tries to keep -- the balance of the whole ecosystem of the ocean. He's quite a colorful strange character."
The Ponyo SheKnows trailer