Movies like Ponyo

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Ponyo (2008)
 7.6
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Ponyo (2008)
Original name: 崖の上のポニョ
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human.
Style: touching, sweet, scenic, atmospheric, fairy tale, semi serious, sincere, captivating, funny, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: magical, obsessive quest, magic, fish, mermaid, adventure, friendship, princess, family, transformation, love, wish come true, unlikely friendships, children, imaginary kingdom, sea, magic realism, ocean, runaway, magical power, self discovery, disney, friends, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, fairy tale, stylized and colourful films with plots about friendship, fantasy world, childhood, mentor, transformation, runaway and storytelling mostly in Animation, Fantasy and Family genres. Some movies like Ponyo: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Spirited Away (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister ...
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Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
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Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Spirited Away (2001)
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Duration: 125 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: Japan
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Aladdin (1992)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
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Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters -- including the ...
Style: fairy tale, light, feel good, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night ...
Plot: disney, mermaid, princess, love, witch, prince, imaginary kingdom, father daughter relationship, talking animals, sea, transformation, disney princess ...
Time: 1830s, 19th century, 80s
Place: caribbean, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.1
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Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, gloomy, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Yona Yona Penguin (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Rintaro directs a tale of three children who visit a land of wonder. This is the first "3D anime" that Madhouse has produced. Oh, and there are penguins.
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Audience: kids, family outing
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
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Moana (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
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Style: colourful, touching, entertaining, fairy tale, exciting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Taiwan, Canada, Australia, USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Set several years after the first film, Ariel and Prince Eric are happily married with a daughter, Melody. In order to protect Melody from the Sea Witch, Morgana, they have not told her about her mermaid heritage. Melody is curious and ventures into ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, sweet, touching, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, chick flick, girls' night ...
Plot: disney, mermaid, imaginary kingdom, ocean, good versus evil, coming of age, adventure, family, wish come true, princess, sea, crab ...
Time: 1850s, 1830s, 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.9
 667K
Shrek (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, funny, humorous, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: princess, dragon, talking animals, friendship, adventure, love and romance, reluctant partners, stereotypes, magic, ogre, magical, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: middle ages, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Little Mermaid (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: This charming, lively tale based on Hans Christian Anderson's beloved children's story comes to splendid life in an enchanting animated film. The beautiful anda dventurous mermaid, Princess Lena, lives with her family in a watery castle ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, semi serious, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing
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Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
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