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Pom Poko (1994)

Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko (original title)
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A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Hayao Miyazaki (idea), Isao Takahata
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shinchô Kokontei Shinchô Kokontei ... Narrator (voice)
Makoto Nonomura Makoto Nonomura ... Shôkichi (voice)
Yuriko Ishida ... Okiyo (voice)
Norihei Miki Norihei Miki ... Seizaemon (voice)
Nijiko Kiyokawa Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Fireball Oroku (voice)
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Gonta (voice)
Gannosuke Ashiya Gannosuke Ashiya ... Inugami Gyobu (voice)
Takehiro Murata Takehiro Murata ... Bunta (voice)
Beichô Katsura Beichô Katsura ... Kinchô Daimyôjin the Sixth (voice) (as Beichou Katsura)
Bunshi Katsura Vi Bunshi Katsura Vi ... Yashimano Hage (voice) (as Bunshi Katsura)
Kosan Yanagiya Kosan Yanagiya ... Abbot Tsurugame (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Tamasaburô (voice)
Rei Sakuma Rei Sakuma ... (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ... Male Tanuki B (voice)
Minoru Yada Minoru Yada ... (voice)
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Storyline

As the human city development encroaches on the raccoon dog population's forest and meadow habitat, the raccoon dogs find themselves faced with the very real possibility of extinction. In response, the raccoon dogs engage in a desperate struggle to stop the construction and preserve their home. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Rated PG for violence, scary images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

25 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,909, 17 June 2018

Gross USA:

$372,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,252,335
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As the tanuki fly off in a train of spirits and ghosts, immediately before beginning project "Poltergeist", images characters from other Ghibli works can be seen, including that of Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Porco Roso's Seaplane from Porco Rosso (1992), Totoro on his top from My Neighbor Totoro (1988), and young Taeko from Only Yesterday (1991) can be seen flying just above the winged skeleton. See more »

Goofs

The English-dubbed version incorrectly refers to the tanuki as "raccoons". Tanuki are actually "raccoon dogs" - they are in the canid branch of mammals. See more »

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Narrator: They used their balls as weapons in a brave kamikaze attack.
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The English dubbed version censors all references to testicles. See more »

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Takahata's best work for Ghibli
8 January 2003 | by ButaNiShinjuSee all my reviews

This is a Ghibli film by the studio's 'other', less famous, director, Takahata, who in Japan is still best known for doing the 'Heidi' television series in the 1970's, and who probably had his swan-song with Ghibli with the 1999 box-office disaster 'Tonari no Yamada-kun' ('My Neighbours the Yamadas').

Nevertheless, I think history will judge that his 'Pom Poko' is one of Studio Ghibli's finest works: breathtakingly imaginative and looney, wry, complex, sentimental but un-dogmatic, unapologetically Japanese in its outlook and references. I would in fact rate it higher than Miyazaki's highly-regarded 'Mononoke Hime,' which takes itself a bit too seriously and becomes slightly tiresome as a result.


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