Ponyo Theme Song

2008

This sure does look a lot like Finding Nemo; even the American poster is Nemo-inspired.

What the heck. Ponyo is an award-winning Japanese animated film released in 2008. The original title is Gake no Ue no Ponyo which literally means “Ponyo on the Cliff.” In North America, Ponyo was released in 2009.

Now for the theme song. In Japan, the theme song title is the same as the film’s—”Gake no Ue no Ponyo.” It was performed by the duo Fujioka Fujimaki, which consists of Takaaki Fujioka and Naoya Fujimaki. Them and eight-year-old Nozomi Ōhashi. Below is the Japanese theme song.

An English version of the theme song was of course created. The song was performed by Frankie Jonas and Noah Cyrus, who voiced the characters Sōsuke and Ponyo respectively. Below, the lyrics and the song.

Ponyo, ponyo, ponyo, fishy in the sea
tiny little fishy, who could you really be?
Ponyo, ponyo, ponyo, magic set’s you free;
oh she’s a little girl with a round tummy.
tip-tippie-toe, jump-jump and hop, now that I’ve got my legs, I cannot stop
pat-pattie-pat waving ‘hello!’
come and hold hands with me, dancing we go
my feet are skipping, my heart too
happy-happy are we all
maybe I might love you, maybe I might love you
so hold on tight and hold me close,
you’re my hero!
Ponyo, ponyo, ponyo, fishy in the sea
tiny little fishy, who could you really be?
Ponyo, ponyo, ponyo, magic set’s you free,
oh pretty little girl will you swim back to me?

Yum yummy yum I smell a treat
Let’s fill our tummies now good things to eat
Peak peak-a-boo that’s what we’ll do
I see my favorite boy he sees me too.
My cheeks are rosy from smiling
Laughing, laughing are we all
Maybe I might love you, maybe I might love you
So hold on tight and hold me close,
you’re my hero!
Ponyo, ponyo, ponyo, fishy in the sea
tiny little fishy, who could you really be?
Ponyo, ponyo, ponyo, magic set’s you free,
Oh she’s a little girl with a round tummy.

There is also a remix version of the theme song, used in the first half of the closing credits. Below is the remix version.

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