Pom Poko (1994)

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Pom Poko (1994)
Genre: Drama
Photography: Color
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: July 16, 1994
Directed by: Isao Takahata
Written by: Isao Takahata
Distributed by: Toho
Starring: Kokontei Shinchou
Makoto Nonomura
Yuriko Ishida
Previous film: N/A
Next film: N/A

Pom Poko is a drama Japanese anime film.  It was written and directed by Isao Takahata, musically composed by Shang Shang Typhoon, filmed by Atsushi Okui, edited by Takeshi Seyama, produced by Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli, and starred Kokontei Shinchou, Makoto Nonomura, and Yuriko Ishida.  

Why It Rocks

  1. One of the best executed enviromental messages ever put to film.  
  2. The only Studio Ghibli production in which all of the main characters consists of a species other than human, they're Takuki (Called Raccoons in the Dub).  
  3. Visually mesmerizing.  
  4. The story is drenched in Japanese folklore, from the allegories to how most Japanese people view the environment, to the Tanukis themselves, which are creatures from the Japanese folklore.  
  5. Very appealing art style and character designs.  
  6. Like many of Isao Takahata's films, Pom Poko can be seen as emotionally devastating with its environmental message.  The main reason for this is due to how the animation and writing show, in detail, how much the Tanuki love their home.  If it wasn't for that, the message woudn't have hit as hard.  

Reception

Pom Poko has a 80% critic rating and a 77% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 3.5/5 on Letterboxd, 7.4/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB), 7.40/10 on MyAnimeList, 3.706/5 on AnimePlanet, and a 73.53% community approval rating on Kitsu.  

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