Picture from Ponyo
Overall A-

Director Hayao Miyazaki uses his famous Japanese anime style to bring this tale to life. Ponyo is a mermaid-like creature who wants to be human. When she swims away from her watery home, she is befriended by a young boy willing to help her realize her dream.

Violence B
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: G

Talk to your kids about…


On several occasions, Ponyo’s father tells his children to show respect for him. How can sons and daughters best show their regard for a parent? What responsibility do moms and dads have in order to earn that honor?

What do humans do to the ocean in this story? How does that disturb the balance of nature? What accountabilitydoes mankind have for the sea?