at first, I did not like the graphics but after a few minutes I LOVED it. My kids 9 and 7 loved it. and what made me adore this film anymore is my 2 year old daughter sat throughout the entire movie and actually watched it. She is VERY active (borderline ADHD) and she has never watched a movie or cartoons. She loved it!! very cute story, might make a hormonal mom cry *cough*.
I know some people have said they prefer Miyazaki's other films over Ponyo... but I thought Ponyo was GREAT! I absolutely loved it.
However, I don't agree with how they chose Frankie Jonas & Noah Cyrus. I'm not saying the kids did a bad job -- I didn't care about that, but it just blatantly shows Disney will try to name-drop their famous siblings. Ugh. Everyone darn well knows that these two probably got the parts only because of their siblings.
Another Ponyo fan here! We saw it twice. I have three kids: 11, 6 and 2. I liked it more the second time, it grew on me. We have watched spirited away and the cat returns since then, the kids like them also. They are a little "heavier" than Ponyo, but good in their own way.
We watched this movie on Friday with DD who is 3.5yo and we all loved it. It's such a cute movie. I can't wait for it to come out on DVD so we can own it. I'll have to check out Miyazaki's other films.