What has been rumored for awhile now appears to be confirmed. The LA Times report Hayao Miyazaki is slated to appear at Comic Con 2009 to promote his newest film, Ponyo. Miyazaki’s previous films that had made it to the big screens in the US, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, were both critically acclaimed but did poorly in the domestic box office, only taking in $10 million and $4.7 million respectively. Both have grossed over $200 million internationally.
It seems that Miyazaki is trying to combat this but not only appearing a major pop culture event, but also by casting many top names for the English adaptation. The voice talent features Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Nesson, Betty White, Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman. Will it be enough to make Ponyo a domestic hit after it has already grossed $182.1 million internationally?