March 20, 2007
It looks like Disney's The Frog Princess won't be the next water-related heroine.

Hayao Miyazaki's next film will be about a little goldfish princess who wants to be human. The film is slated for 2008, and is titled Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on a Cliff).

After the divisive reaction to Studio Ghibli's Tales of Earthsea adaptation, directed by Hayao's son Goro Miyazaki, many will likely be breathing a sigh of relief that the elder Miyazaki is directing a new project.

Hayao Miyazaki's concept art and many of the full-colour images in his comics often use watercolours to beautiful effect, and Ponyo's storyboard are being rendered by Miyazaki in watercolour.

According to Variety.com, producer Toshio Suzuki, said Miyazaki will not be relying on computer graphics techniques. "Instead he will use simple, childlike drawings. He intends to make something different from his previous films."

(Thanks to Nausicaa.net for posting the link to the first image from the film.)

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