Kirk, I've been looking forward to other reviews on Ponyo to see how others felt about it. Your review is akin to that in EW: finding its magic and awe. I read your review and EW's and think we saw different movies. In your view, what was the point of the Soske's (sp?) father? I thought he was an undeveloped distraction; a "strand" as you would say about Howl's Moving Castle.