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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shinchô Kokontei ... Narrator (voice)
Makoto Nonomura ... Shôkichi (voice)
... Okiyo (voice)
Norihei Miki ... Seizaemon (voice)
Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Fireball Oroku (voice)
Shigeru Izumiya ... Gonta (voice)
Gannosuke Ashiya ... Inugami Gyobu (voice)
Takehiro Murata ... Bunta (voice)
Beichô Katsura ... Kinchô Daimyôjin the Sixth (voice) (as Beichou Katsura)
Bunshi Katsura Vi ... Yashimano Hage (voice) (as Bunshi Katsura)
Kosan Yanagiya ... Abbot Tsurugame (voice)
... Tamasaburô (voice)
Rei Sakuma ... (voice)
... Male Tanuki B (voice)
Minoru Yada ... (voice)
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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 submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 67th Academy Awards in 1995. See more »

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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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Osho: [Osho is patiently teaching a class to the young raccoons] A raccoon fell out of the tree! Yes, that's right. Who can tell me *why* the raccoon fell out of the tree? Gonta?
Gonta: [grunts] He was a loser.
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References My Neighbor Totoro (1988) See more »

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Takahata's best work for Ghibli
8 January 2003 | by See 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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