Mr. Movie

'Ponyo': Anime from the master

Ponyo is a magical little female fish that loves a little boy.

She wants to become human. Nothing complicated. Ponyo is just a beautiful love story drawn with brilliant, clashing colors, non-symmetrical characters and a short, to-the-point moral.

-- Times, trailer, theaters.

Children, whose real-life drawings are much like writer/director Hayao Miyazaki’s style, instantly recognize and understand where he’s going and love his movies.

Adults — of course — love them, too. Miyazaki is the best and best known of anime’s artists. For a couple of decades he has proved you don’t need CGI generated characters, three-dimensions, and all of the splashes and dashes of modern animation to make a great movie.

And in every one of Miyazaki’s movies there is one character that I fall in love with and want to rip off of the screen and take home with me.

This time, it’s Ponyo.

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated G. It opens Friday, Aug. 14 at Regal’s Columbia Mall 8.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.