Rent Pom Poko (1994)

3.7 of 5 from 113 ratings
1h 54min
Rent Pom Poko (aka Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
As civilisation draws ever nearer to their idyllic forest home, a group of mischievous Japanese tanuki raccoons try to scare humans away. But they soon discover that man is not their only rival in the struggle for their age-old territory. Released in 1994 as the Japanese economy slumped, but looking back to the sixties construction boom in Tokyo's Tama Hills, Pom Poko questions the money-grabbing ethic of yuppie Japan, and mourns the loss of the countryside. Drawing on Japanese myths and legends, writer and director Isao Takahara presents a satirical view of woodland spirits using every available magical ruse to take on modern developers: including transformations, sabotage and trickery.
Directors:
Producers:
Ned Lott, Toshio Suzuki, Yasuyoshi Tokuma
Voiced By:
Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida, Norihei Miki, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Shigeru Izumiya, Gannosuke Ashiya, Takehiro Murata, Beichô Katsura, Sanshi Katsura, Kosan Yanagiya, Akira Kamiya, Rei Sakuma, Tomokazu Seki, Minoru Yada, Yorie Yamashita, Megumi Hayashibara
Narrated By:
Shinchô Kokontei, Maurice LaMarche
Writers:
Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata
Aka:
Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Anime & Animation, Children & Family, Kids’ TV
Countries:
Japan, Anime & Animation, Children & Family
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/01/2006
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Complete Storyboards
  • Original Japanese Trailers
  • Studio Ghibli Trailer Reel
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/04/2014
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Storyboards
  • Original Japanese Trailers
  • Studio Ghibli Trailer Reel

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Reviews (2) of Pom Poko

Cult cartoon - Pom Poko review by JD

Spoiler Alert
25/07/2010

This really is family viewing. Prima facie it is a children's cartoon about raccoons who can metamorphose into apparitions some a little scary. The satirical element is not emphasised but is clear. Presumably familiarity with Japanese folklore would make this more relevant. I can well imagine that there is considerable commercial pressure on undeveloped suburban land in many parts of Japan. The plot however seemed to repeat itself too often. An interesting juxtaposition of cartoon and satire which has been under utilised, but not with this plot.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Depressing in parts - Pom Poko review by AB

Spoiler Alert
12/03/2019

A depressing view on environmental vandalism, taught through folklore and cinematic anime from one of Japan's top studios

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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