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Ponyo Screens At Mesa Public Library Feb. 7

on January 30, 2019 - 3:30pm

Ponyo will be shown Feb. 7 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy/MPL


Ponyo (2008, rated G, 1 hr., 41 min.), written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, will be shown Feb. 7 at Mesa Public Library.

This was Miyazaki’s 10th animated film, and it won several Japanese film awards. Miyazaki himself drew part of the animation.

The story involves Sosuke, a young boy who lives near the sea, and finds a goldfish trapped in a jar. The jar breaks and cuts him, but Ponyo the goldfish licks his wound and heals it. We later learn that this taste of blood gives Ponyo the magical power to transform from fish to human and back.

Sosuke and Ponyo become friends, and Ponyo begins slowly to transform into a human. But this change disrupts the natural order: a giant tsunami endangers ships at sea and floods coastal towns.  Sosuke and Ponyo must restore order to the world.

Roger Ebert gave Ponyo his highest rating, calling it “magical”. Ebert continued: “This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched.”

Ponyo screens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library. This is part of the ongoing Free Film Series sponsored by Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

On March 7 the Princess Bride (1987, rated PG, 1 hr., 38 min.), written by William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner, will be shown. Follow us on the Los Alamos County Community Services Department page on Facebook and go to the library’s Events calendar for more information.