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Still shot from the movie: Ponyo.

Ponyo

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. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 90
Theater Release: 14 Aug 2009
Video Release: 02 Mar 2010
MPAA Rating: G
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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?

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