The Walt Disney Company has announced that Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, Ponyo on a Cliff By the Sea, will debut in theaters in
The August date is late in the summer movie season, but was necessary to provide some breathing room between major animated releases. Dreamworks’ Monster & Aliens opens next week and will dominate the early spring, while Pixar's Up bows on the Memorial Day weekend and will do most of its business in June. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs debuts on July 1st, while Disney’s G-Force opens wide on July 24th, leaving the mid-August date Ponyo’s only viable summer option. Live action competition for Ponyo’s target family audience will come from G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, which bows on August 7th, and to some degree from Summit Entertainment’s Bandslam, a High School Musical-like teen battle of the bands movie that also opens on August 14th and should attract a sizable audience of tween girls.
It should be interesting to see how many screens Disney can obtain for Ponyo. The studio was able to get