Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
As the human city development encroaches on the raccoon population's forest and meadow habitat, the raccoons find themselves faced with the very real possibility of extinction. In response, the raccoons engage in a desperate struggle to stop the construction and preserve their home.
A community of fantastical shapeshifting raccoons is threatened by human development, the living area is reduced as well as the food resources. Lack of sustenance leads to brutal internal wars, but the wisdom of the elders channels the energy and frustration of all raccons against a common enemy: Man.
Isao Takahata's Pom Poko is arguably the most divisive animation coming out of Studio Ghibli, it's a film that includes lots of Japanese folklore references, either by the raccoons and their relationship with the foxes or by the tales, ghost stories, parades, expressionless faces and everything else. The design of the raccoons was rather controversial, on one hand because of the anthropomorphism and transformations, which some consider excessive, and on the…
Part 10 of my Studio Ghibli retrospective.
With his first three films for Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata seemed to be almost stubbornly resisting any stylistic trademarks. Grave of the Fireflies was a historical wartime melodrama, Only Yesterday a nostalgic romantic comedy, and Pom Poko a sort of war epic with liberal amounts of fantasy and satire. As an artist, Takahata can never be accused of resting on his laurels or revisiting what has worked before.
In Pom Poko, Takahata chooses to use a briskly-paced narration to provide exposition, especially filling in the gaps when the film jumps ahead in time. The Japanese language is not particularly poetic or aesthetically pleasing, but it excels at this kind of rhythmic, gradually unfolding…
If there is one thing in this world that I am sure of, it would be that 'Pom Poko' would hands down win the award for most bizarre use of testicles in film history!
It's all about balance. When the raccoons imagine their perfect past, it's a time when the humans peacefully coexisted with them, not absent of humans. Also, it's about having awesome parties for any reason whatsoever.
So eccentric and rambunctious. Instead of the ostentatious crescendos and moral algebra at play in something like Princess Mononoke (which I love), Pom Poko flows freely from vignette to vignette, only allowing its implications to surface in outbursts. At points, it felt like some political insurgent movie that just happened that star tanuki. At others, it felt like some kinda lost family melodrama (those final transformations one last hurrah for now gone way of life). It's bizarre and troubling and beautiful
This is one that has slipped my net for a while and I am so glad to have finally gotten round to watching it as it is just SO MUCH fun.
Although it is in many respects different from many other Ghibli films as it doesn't really have a main character, it's central theme of the importance of nature is a familiar one.
As you would expect with a Ghibli, the animation is beautiful, the characters are great and the detail in each scene which, like many other Ghibli films really helps you immerse yourself in the world - which is a really great thing considering how fun the story and world as a whole is.
What sets this apart…
I'm genuinely baffled by the lukewarm reaction that this movie gets. It's incredibly charming and touching and vibrant and I love it. Top tier Ghibli.
"They used their balls as weapons in a brave kamikaze attack."
A Ghibli movie directed by Isao Takahata about Raccoons who defend their hometurf from humans and who also can shapeshift their balls into other things. Well, HELL YEAH! And that from the guy who made Grave of the Fireflies. A movie about Raccoons that can shapeshift. It's still sinking in but it was weird and great at the same time.
This is another Studio Ghibli gem which deserves more views!
Directed by Isao Takahata this animated film has English voice acting from Maurice LaMarche, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and J. K. Simmons. Raccoons in Japan resort to using magical transformation techniques to try and protect the wood they live in from urban growth.
While there is plenty of fun to be had here I found this film to be lacking a little subtlety at times and somewhat on the long side. There are some funny moments along the way but nothing particularly unique or sophisticated about the pro environment message. The animation and voice acting are decent but not stand out.
Another amazing Ghibli film. Isao Takahata might often be overshadowed by his compatriot Hayao Miyazaki, but his films are definitely as good, if not slightly superior.
Raccoons want to save their forrest so they learn to turn into humans and somewhere along the way, the get lost in how they should handle it while a few kill humans and others try to scare humans away and really neither work. This studio is a strong believer in the fact that we need to watch what we do to the land and not just with trashing it but by building stuff on all land that we see. They do a good job of making a cause for their points but still entertaining as mich as they can. A true solid film from the studio.
Is human life more valuable than the lives of animals? This film has a lot to say about that, and it is very creative!
The beginning and ending of this movie movie are probably worthy of being rated allot higher, but unfortunately the middle drags a tonne which brings the whole thing down. The message is a little bit obvious and the characters explain it to the audience directly, however it's very very creative, very funny and the ending I was tearing up a little bit.
excellent animation, fun story.
Well since I don't think there is a comprehensive list of anime films in letterboxd and I love them so…
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