Miley's younger sister takes the compliment in stride and is eager to discuss her character's finer points. "She is fish and she wants to be a human," Cyrus said. "Right after meeting Sosuke, a little boy, she wants to be just like him. She wants to have feet. She wants hands."
Cyrus found the storyline timely, relevant and as is always required of an animated film, a joy for the mind, ears and eyes. "In the very beginning, Ponyo gets stuck in a bottle near a boat that is cleaning the bottom of the ocean. She's swimming -- trying to get away from it -- but then her head goes into the bottle. When she finally gets out of that little net thing and swims to the shore, she has to stop. Sosuke goes to the shallow part and gets her," Cyrus said.
"Ponyo may have been saved by Sosuke, but together their mission is far greater. "The story is all about saving the world."
Frankie Jonas chimes in that his character, Sosuke, is identifiable with many children. "He doesn't really have that many friends," Jonas said.
Once Jonas learned he had the part in Ponyo, he dove into the work of Miyazaki. "I got all these Miyazaki films so I could see how he does movies," Jonas said.
What's his favorite?
"They're all really good. I like the movie Spirited Away. That's a pretty good movie."
At the same time Ponyo's themes including saving the world, there's a more familial element to Disney's latest classic. "I also like it because it's about bringing the family together," Jonas said. This kid knows a thing or two about keeping successful families together.
"Don't be mad at each other, just be always together. Always love each other, if you do, you'll never fall."
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