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Friday, 14th August 2009
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New film release by 'Japanese Walt Disney'

The new anime film from Hayao Miyazaki - dubbed the Japanese Walt Disney - has been released in the US today - and those behind it are hoping that this could the animator's first anime film to make it big in the country.

Writing for the Guardian, Tokyo correspondent Justin McCurry noted that while Miyazaki has often reaped praise from both critics and the public in this native Japan, his anime creations have so far been mutely received in the US.

The release of Ponyo, which tells the tale of a goldfish who befriends a five-year-old girl in order to complete her own transformation from fish to human, could change that, it is commented.

Two of Miyazaki's previous films - Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away - have been Oscar-nominated, with Spirited Away scooping the award for best animated film

As well as this, the film currently holds the record for being the highest-grossing film at the Japanese box office, after it overtook James Cameron's 1997 epic Titanic.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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