Ponyo: A Hit from the Creator of Spirited Away?

Does Japan's movie master have his first U.S. hit?

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The red-haired Ponyo bonds with her savior — or abductor — Sosuke, in the film by anime master Hayao Miyazaki

An exhibition of the most rapturous watercolors is currently on display at U.S. movie theaters. Ponyo, the latest film from anime master Hayao Miyazaki — Academy Award winner for his 2001 film, Spirited Away — begins deep in the sea near a Japanese coastal village, and the underwater vision is both subtle and spectacular. Instead of relying on the usual cartoon bubbles and wisecracking fish, Miyazaki waves a wand and establishes his location with a pastel palette, the gentle undulating of flora and anemones, and Joe Hisaishi's haunting score. You're treated, aurally and visually, to a subterranean...

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