One of the two people writing about this issue is Slate's movie reviewer, Dana Stevens. She has decided to take her three-year-old daughter to see Ponyo, even though there are a couple of scary parts.
This is something that my wife and I have been wrestling with, since our four-year-old son LOVES Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service. We've held off showing him any of Miyazaki's other movies, though, because they are just a little too scary. After reading this discussion on Double X, I'm leaning toward taking him to Ponyo this weekend.
Here are the posts, in order:
- Worshipping at the Shrine of Hayao Miyazaki
- Miyazaki's "Ponyo": Too Scary for Kids? Good Question ...
- "Ponyo" and the Scary Movie Dilemma