Sunday, August 30, 2009


I saw Ponyo today, the English version (I know, I didn't actually mean to see it in English) but it was on a massive screen so that was a plus. I have to say I was a little disappointed, the English cast was wooden. I thought there was very little emotion, all those great actors were just boring. I didn't laugh where I should have nor did anyone else in the cinema. Granted it was an early session & the cinema was pretty empty. The visuals were amazing, all the undersea scenes with thousands of jellyfish, giant ancient fish and oh the OCTOPODS! a glorious feast for the eyes. It really should have been more enjoyable than it was. By the end of the week I'll have seen it in it's original Japanese on a smaller screen. Fingers crossed it'll be more entertaining.

I was actually in town to get my Dad a Father's Day present & my Mum a birthday present. Having asked my younger brother for suggestions and getting nothing I went to the source & asked Mum. Apparently books are the order of the day, I can cope with that. I am however a little uneasy about giving my Father a book, last time I did that (again at Mums suggestion) he sounded quite disappointed when I talked to him later. At least he'll get a kick out of the card :?
Pretty sure Mum will be happy with what I picked up for her, though I didn't buy them at her recommended store.

Edit: I've now seen Ponyo in Japanese and my goodness the difference is amazing. The joy, life & comedy of the Miyazaki film really shines through. I don't know what the english translators did but they made it a dreary thing (in my opinion) not a easy thing to do. Miyazaki films are always full of joy, one of the reasons I love them so, I wonder what happened.


Ricochet said...

Thanks for the head's up, I'll definitely be seeing it in the Japanese now that I know they're offering a choice.

I always preferred the Japanese cast of Spirited Away to the English cast and that's the only way I've been able to watch Miyazaki films since.

Rapscallion said...

The Japanese actors really know how to use their voices to work with the animation.

I generally try to watch movies in whatever language they were made in. Really it's not that much more work, well, unless there are white on white subtitles :/