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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
(2008)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Joe Hisaishi
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Tokuma Japan Communications
(July 22nd, 2008)
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Both albums are regular Japanese releases. The score album more commonly available as an import sells in America for over $30.
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Buy it... if you have only a peripheral appreciation of Joe Hisaishi's career and seek a good time to introduce yourself to some of most pleasant orchestral and choral magic to ever come from the composer's collaboration with Japan's Studio Ghibli.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for children's film music that is so hopelessly optimistic that it becomes "catchy," a potentially tedious exercise in feathery fluff.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,154
WRITTEN 2/2/09
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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea: (Joe Hisaishi) Rocking the 2008 Venice Film Festival with a style of magic rarely seen in animation features of the 2000's, Studio Ghibli's only 2008 production resurrects the basic concept of The Little Mermaid by depicting the plight of a young mermaid to become human. In the process of making that transition, she befriends a 5-year-old boy and unfortunately places the balance of nature in peril. The feather-light plot thrives on writer and director Hayao Miyazaki's ability to take two-dimensional pastel and watercolor-styled animation technologies and still attract audiences with other production values that are compelling enough to make Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (known as Gake no ue no Ponyo in Japanese or Ponyo on the Cliff alternately in international showings) one of Japan's top earning motion pictures of 2008. One of those elements of the film that continues to impress is Joe Hisaishi's extremely diverse and accomplished music. The collaboration between Hisaishi and Miyazaki has endured for decades, leading to music that in Japan rivals the popularity of the Steven Spielberg and John Williams pairing in America. During those years, Hisaishi has written countless scores of high quality that flew under the radar in the international film music community, but with 2008 proving to be remarkably devoid of fresh ideas and standout compositions in the remainder of the world, Hisaishi's music for both Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and the live action drama I Want to be a Shellfish are worth a closer look. While both scores offer orchestral harmony of impressive stature, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea excels in its fantastic sense of whimsy. It is truly difficult, if not nearly impossible, to write charming music and record extremely optimistic performances of that material without passing into the realm of obnoxious. Some animation scores, including the majority that accompany straight-to-DVD releases, are so predictably saccharine that they tend to annoy most listeners after just a few minutes.

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Average: 3.41 Stars
***** 76 5 Stars
**** 56 4 Stars
*** 46 3 Stars
** 35 2 Stars
* 35 1 Stars
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Alternate review of Ponyo on the Cliff at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - February 6, 2009, at 4:53 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Score Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 67:29
• 1. Deep Sea Ranch (4:18)
• 2. Mother of the Sea (2:21)
• 3. Encounter (0:31)
• 4. Ura Town (2:36)
• 5. Kumiko (2:06)
• 6. Ponyo and Sosuke (2:17)
• 7. Empty Bucket (1:30)
• 8. Flash Signal (2:37)
• 9. I Become Human! (1:30)
• 10. Fujimoto (1:34)
• 11. Little Sisters (1:32)
• 12. Flight of Ponyo (1:43)
• 13. Sunflower House in the Storm (2:20)
• 14. Ponyo of the Fish of the Wave (3:36)
• 15. Ponyo and Sosuke 2 (2:01)
• 16. Lisa's House (3:20)
• 17. New Family (1:09)
• 18. Ponyo's Lullaby (1:29)
• 19. Lisa's Determination (1:33)
• 20. Granmanmale (2:14)
• 21. Night of the Meteor (2:40)
• 22. Hot-Bulb Engine Ship (1:55)
• 23. To the Sea of Dipnorhynchus (1:41)
• 24. Fleet March (2:26)
• 25. Baby and Ponyo (0:33)
• 26. Fleet March 2 (1:14)
• 27. Voyage of Sosuke (2:08)
• 28. Tears of Sosuke (1:02)
• 29. Underwater Town (2:02)
• 30. Mother's Love (0:49)
• 31. Tunnel (1:26)
• 32. Toki (0:48)
• 33. Little Sisters (1:40)
• 34. Song of Praise for Mother and the Sea (2:15)
• 35. Finale (0:44)
• 36. Ponyo by the Cliff by the Sea (Film Version) (1:36)
   (written by Joe Hisaishi, Hayao Miyazaki and Katsuya Kondo
   and performed by Fujioka-Fujimaki and Nozomi Ohashi)

Image Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:32

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