An entertaining animated fantasy film for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on a friendship between 5-year-old S?suke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, who is the young daughter of a sea wizard and a sea goddess. After their chance meeting, Ponyo gradually displays more humanlike features as she starts longing to become a human so she can stay with S?suke. Produced by Studio Ghibli and written and directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, Ponyo is a beautifully animated film that received widespread acclaim from film critics and proved popular with audiences at the box office when released in 2008 (2009 in the U.S.). This screening of the English-dubbed version of the film, featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Betty White, is part of Studio Ghibli Festival, which is releasing a series of classic Studio Ghibli films to theaters nationwide. For more on the films and festival, visit ghiblifest.com. Thursday’s family-friendly screening starts at 11 a.m. at both Dallas’ Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, and Plano’s, 7205 Bishop Road. Tickets are $8.50 at angelikafilmcenter.com.
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