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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Kazuko Sugiyama ... Mimiko (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura Kazuo Kumakura ... Papa (voice)
Yoshiko Ohta Yoshiko Ohta ... Panny (voice)
Yasuo Yamada ... Cop (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brianne Brozey ... Student (voice) (as Ian Hawk)
Dana Craig Dana Craig ... Walla (voice) (as W.T. Hatch)
Alexis A. Edward Alexis A. Edward ... Walla (voice)
Melissa Fahn ... Panny (voice)
Barbara Goodson ... Friend (voice)
Steve Kramer ... Walla (voice)
Doug Lee Doug Lee ... Clerk (voice) (as Leigh Everest)
Dan Lorge ... Lackey (voice)
Sherry Lynn ... Friend (voice) (as Katie Evans)
Cody MacKenzie Cody MacKenzie ... Boy (voice)
Melanie MacQueen Melanie MacQueen ... Grandma (voice) (as Aline Leslie)
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Storyline

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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delightful and charming
9 August 2000 | by nmxSee all my reviews

This endearing tale is a fine example of Hayao Miyazaki's lighter writing. Papa (papanda) really elevates the amusement....and the theme song is perfectly suited.


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