"Master animator Miyazaki Hayao (67) spoke this week for the first time about his latest movie "Gake no Ue no Ponyo" (Ponyo on the Cliff), due for release in July. He described the story as "Hans Christian Anderson's tale of the Little Mermaid, transposed to modern Japan. Without the Christian subtext, it's a story of young children's love and adventure." Ponyo, the heroine of the title, is a fish child with a stubborn wish to live with the 5-year-old human boy Sosuke. Inspiration for the movie came in 2004, when Miyazaki took his Studio Ghibli staff on a company holiday to a small town on the shores of the Seto Inland Sea."