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Pom Poko (1994) at a glance

Pom Poko (1994) is an animated fantasy film written and directed by Isao Takahata. It is loosely based on the Japanese raccoon dogs folklore and economic growth of the Japanese in the 1960s.

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Pom Poko (1994) Trailer

Pom Poko (1994) Synopsis

The Raccoon Dogs of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The Raccoon Dogs practice and perfect the ancient art of transformation until they are even able to appear as humans in hilarious circumstances.

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Pom Poko (1994) Review

Japanese Raccoon Dogs, Tanuki.
Japanese Raccoon Dogs, Tanuki.

Although Pom Poko (1994) is hilarious and adorable, one sad fact learned from this film is that nothing can stop human. This bittersweet animation is both blissful and depressing as it shows that ultimately nothing can be done to undo the actions of human beings to return the nature back to what it was; even with the Tanukis dying, trying to make a change.

The ghostly monster parade.
The ghostly monster parade.

The most fascinating and stunning points of this film are the antics of the characters and the spectacular achievements of the raccoon dogs using the ancient art of transformation such as scaring the humans and the grand monster parade. They are quite entertaining to watch and they will only get more amusing as you watch the film after you found out the source of their supernatural shape-shifting powers.

You wouldn't expected what it's made of.
You wouldn't expected what it's made of.

However, be warned that this film may be weird or obscene as you will be seeing testicles frequently shown or used for various illusions or transformations in this film but it is quite, funny. The depiction of raccoon dogs here are in accordance to the Japanese folklore so it is normal in Japanese culture.

PS. This is a slightly obscene but amusing movie about Tanukis and supernatural folklores!

Who will like this?

People who adores Tanuki (raccoon dogs) will be amused with this film and certainly people who like folklore themed stories! If you're looking for a movie just to have a good laugh, this might be it!

PS. This film may be too mature or violent for minor audiences, parental advisory may be needed.

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Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

When Marnie Was There (2014)


Details of the movie

Director: Isao Takahata
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Isao Takahata
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Shang Shang Typhoon
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Kokontei Shinchou, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho
Country: Japanese
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Comedy Drama Fantasy
Running time: 119 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 26,000,000 est.

Official website(s)

http://www.ghibli.jp/
http://movies.disney.com/pom-poko

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