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
Shape-shifting, eco-terrorism, testicular tapestries... This film has it all.
a lot of animal scrotums in this movie...
The Ghibli universe is a great one and I know that some people frown upon the films therein which are not directed by Hayao Miyazaki, but those who do, miss out on some great stuff.
This ones about a bunch of raccoon dogs with the ability to shape shift and the decade long battle they have against mankind who want to cut down their forest and destroy their temple to build new houses. As you'd expect it's full of Ghibli Magic, fun and that fantastic melancholic streak they do so wonderfully.
And! If you are a Ghibli fan you'll probably see and recognize loads of nods to other previous films within their universe.
Between this and Porco Rosso, it seems that the early 90s saw Miyazaki and Takahata feeling free to pursue their most idiosyncratic ideas. To mixed results, I'd say. On the one hand, this film is a wonder to behold, a collection of phantasmagoria to match the early Disney cartoons and the pioneering work of Émile Cohl. On the other hand, this movie makes no bones about its purpose: to declare war against the materialistic, godless modern world. Maybe that's overstating it. Pom Poko has a dark, strange sense of humor to leaven its preaching. The target isn't deforestation alone but the accompanying bugbears of television and junk food. Two schools of thought emerge in the film's raccoon society. The first…
schön erzhählte geschichte, wie der lebenraum der waschbären durch den Menschen zerstört wird
The Ghibli with the clearest 'Save Our Planet' message.
The Ghibli with the most explicit man vs. nature theme.
Should be remade with more and finer details.
The carnival scene is marvellous but I want it brighter and bigger!
Perplexing bad, and that's all I have to say, about that.
Wasn't sure to watch this for a while as I'd heard about it as 'That Movie with the Raccoons and their Magical Balls' (and by balls, yes, testicles). But it's really a super-charming and fun movie! And for kids! Yes, even when they rub their semen-productive glands!
Delightful film that has a very unusual viewpoint––collective rather than individual––and a kind of sombre gravity to it that's belied by its strange cast of supernatural characters.
Well since I don't think there is a comprehensive list of anime films in letterboxd and I love them so…
'1000 Films to Change your Life' is a book with excerpts from many highly regarded critics, actors, directors and writers,…