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The Adventure of Panda and Friends: Panda Family! (1972)

Panda kopanda (original title)
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When her grandmother goes away on a trip, 7-year-old Mimiko stays at home by herself in her small, friendly village, unafraid of burglars. When she arrives back home from the train station ... See full summary »

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Hayao Miyazaki (original concept), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
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Kazuko Sugiyama ... Mimiko (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura Kazuo Kumakura ... Papa (voice)
Yoshiko Ohta Yoshiko Ohta ... Panny (voice)
Yasuo Yamada ... Cop (voice)
Ayao Wada Ayao Wada ... Walla (voice)
Julie Maddalena ... Mimiko (voice)
Melanie MacQueen Melanie MacQueen ... Grandma (voice) (as Aline Leslie)
Kevin Seymour Kevin Seymour ... Papa (voice) (as Dougary Grant)
Melissa Fahn ... Panny (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Teacher (voice) (as Sparly Thornton)
Peter Spellos ... Ringmaster (voice) (as G. Gordon Baer)
Simon Prescott ... Zookeeper (voice) (as Simon Isaacson)
Doug Stone ... Cop (voice) (as Gully Jimson)
Doug Lee Doug Lee ... Clerk (voice) (as Leigh Everest)
Dan Lorge ... Lackey (voice)
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When her grandmother goes away on a trip, 7-year-old Mimiko stays at home by herself in her small, friendly village, unafraid of burglars. When she arrives back home from the train station where she saw her grandmother off, she discovers she has a visitor-a baby panda. She quickly makes friends with the young panda and names it Pannie. She later meets Pannie's father, a large panda she calls Papanda. She dubs Pannie her son and Papanda her father, and the three become a happy family with their own big adventures. Written by Morticon

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The little heroine Mimiko bears a superficial resemblance to Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking, who was a model for the character. Back in 1971 (a year before this film's release), Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata planned on doing an animated film adaptation of Lindgren's character. Both Miyazaki and Takahata went to Sweden to not only do location scouting, but personally discuss the production with Lindgren. Unfortunately, after their meeting, the rights were refused and the proposed project was canceled. (Watercolored storyboards by Miyazaki are among what remain of the project.) See more »

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Referenced in Urusei Yatsura: Ran-chan's Great Date Plan (1983) See more »

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A nicely done Takahata and Miyazaki anime, but not too memorable
12 September 2005 | by emasterslakeSee all my reviews

This is an anime of 2 TV movies about a girl and 2 pandas made back in the early 70s. Done by 2 Master filmmakers: Isao Takahata(Grave of the Firflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, and My Neighbors the Yamadas) directed it. And Hayao Miyazaki(Nausicaa, My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Mononoke, Spirited Away, etc.) wrote it/animation key/screen played it.

It's known to be Miyazaki's promo to My neighbor Totoro, instead of a big furry forest spirit, it's a big panda bear. This all has to do with a little girl now living by herself till she encounters a small Panada and a big Panda which she decides to keep them as her own family.

The animation is well done for an anime from the 70s. Once you watch it you'll be surprised this anime was actually written by the Famed Hayao Miyazaki. The story of this anime didn't even looked like it was done by Miyazaki. It doesn't have much of his usual trademarks he'd often put in his films.

I wouldn't blame him for not putting too much effort in writing an anime about Pandas, since this is back when he did TV anime and before he moved to doing Anime movies. Just this one isn't as memorable as his other works.

Overrole it's decent for one of Miyazaki's earlier works before he did Castle of Cagliostro. Recommended for all ages, the Big Panda smokes a pipe, but there's nothing too offending, perfectly safe for little kids to watch.

Only flaw is it might give kids a wrong idea about burglars are fun to have and it's OK to stay home alone. So you parents out there make sure they don't get any ideas that burglars and staying home alone is fun.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

17 December 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Panda, Little Panda See more »

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TMS Entertainment See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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