A girl goldfish sees a human boy and is smitten. Determined to become human herself, she flees the strict rules of her father and hundreds of look alike siblings*, and finds that she has the power within herself to not only become human, but much else. The beauty of Miyazaki’s animation comes from the hand made color saturated pictures, and the humorous movements of the protagonists. Ponyo once she determines she needs feet to be human, starts out with three toes like a chicken, and later gets a full set of five which liberate her to jump on couches etc.
Miyazaki’s subject is saving the earth from the wickedness of humans’ carelessness and waste.