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The 2008 animated movie “Ponyo” was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. Ponyo, a young fish who is fascinated by humans and wants to live among them, is the main character of the story. She escapes from her underwater home and ends up alone on the beach, where she gets saved by a young boy named Sosuke.

As Ponyo and Sosuke develop a strong bonding, Ponyo starts transforming, and her magical abilities start to disrupt the balance of nature. Ponyo’s father, Fujimoto, a strong sorcerer and guardian of the sea, tries to bring her back to their underwater areas, which sets off a series of fantastical events and troubles. Meanwhile, Sosuke’s dedication to protecting Ponyo and their friendship goes solid.

The movie explores topics including friendship, love, environmental harmony, and the struggle between the real world and the world of magic. “Ponyo” tells an entertaining and engaging story that is great for audiences of all ages because to its gorgeous animation, friendly characters, and Miyazaki’s unique storytelling.

The “Ponyo” animation aesthetic is highlighted by its clarity and detailed visuals, which perfectly portray the underwater world and the mesmerizing magic that is at the heart of the plot.

Many of the scenes in “Ponyo” showcase long shots of the ocean, cliffs, and other scenery. These wide shots highlight the ocean’s elegance and the environment’s beauty while simultaneously showing how little the characters are in comparison. The rule of thirds is a compositional guideline that is often used in both photography and filmmaking. The frame is divided into a grid of nine equal parts, and essential parts are arranged along the gridlines or at their intersections. This method is probably used by “Ponyo” to balance the composition and highlight significant visual elements. The film’s color pallet is clear and often shows the undersea world.

Each visual part of “Ponyo” has been beautifully created to enhance the story’s emotional impact. An attractive and immersive experience is produced by combining camera angles, composition, lighting, color, and animation style.

Sosuke and Ponyo have a true and strong friendship. They connect on a deeply emotional level despite their differences, proving that true friendship can grow even in unexpected situations.In essence, “Ponyo” sends a deep message about the immense impact of friendship, love, and bonding.The movie reminds viewers to value their relationships with those around us and to find beauty in everyday moments of life through its charming characters and gorgeous visuals.

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Archana Bijo

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru. Her interests range from Photojournalism, Media Research, Documentaries, Communication Studies, Film Studies, Radio Journalism, Women Studies, Advertisement Studies with keen interest in writing on varied topics and articles relating to photography, festivals, moments of life, and travel.

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