Why Studio Ghibli Didn't Make Ponyo 2

[Image via Walt Disney]
[Image via Walt Disney]

Famed animator Hayao Miyazaki wanted to make a sequel to the 2008 film Ponyo. It never happened. There’s a simple reason for that. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki did not want to see Ponyo 2.

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Miyazaki, who has retired from feature films, is currently working on a short-form CG anime called Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar). It will take another year or two before the anime is shown at the Ghibli Museum.

Speaking with Nippon.com, Suzuki talked about Miyazaki’s last feature film The Wind Rises and how it could’ve been another movie entirely.

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“He [Miyazaki] wanted to do Ponyo 2, but I didn’t want to watch that,” Suzuki told Nippon.com. “It was no more than that.”

Instead of making Ponyo 2, Suzuki proposed making a movie about Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter. Initially, Miyazaki wasn’t keen, but eventually got behind the idea.

And that’s why Miyazaki’s last feature film is The Wind Rises and not Ponyo 2.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

I like Ghibli’s more subtle movies like Totoro vs Ponyo and Spirited Away. Totoro had fantasy but it was strongly based in reality. Ponyo and Spirited Away were too much “Look at ALL of this CRAZY stuff!!! You don’t see that in real life!!!!”

Totoro was a story about two girls dealing with life after their sick mom goes the hospital and they have to move to a new place. And Totoro appears from time to time to help.