Pom Poko (1994)

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A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.


  • Shinchô Kokontei
  • Makoto Nonomura
  • Yuriko Ishida
  • Norihei Miki
  • Nijiko Kiyokawa
  • Shigeru Izumiya
  • Gannosuke Ashiya
  • Takehiro Murata
  • Beichô Katsura
  • Bunshi Katsura Vi

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For all its goodhearted cheer, Pom Poko is a glum indictment of modern Japan's disjunction from the natural and spiritual world. But it strikes a positive final note by implying that those worlds still exist, just out of sight, waiting and flourishing.

Metacritic review by Tasha Robinson
Tasha Robinson
The A.V. Club

At its best, there's an undoubted thrill and wonder to Pom Poko, like the massive parade of phantoms the tanuki conjure up as one of their harebrained schemes. Takahata's misfire at least provides some wonderful sparkles.

Metacritic review by Richard Whittaker
Richard Whittaker
Austin Chronicle

Its ecological concerns, nuance and occasional lyricism place it squarely within the Ghibli oeuvre but not among its masterpieces.

Metacritic review by Andy Webster
Andy Webster
The New York Times