Well since I don't think there is a comprehensive list of anime films in letterboxd and I love them so…
Tanukis are doing the best they can too, y’know
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…
From the director of Grave of the Fireflies & Only Yesterday, Pom Poko is a pro-environment fable that attempts to showcase the disruption brought into the ecological balance by human society and hopes to make its viewers reflect on their actions by exposing the selfishness & utter disregard we have for other habitats.
The story of Pom Poko focuses on a community of raccoon dogs who find themselves on the verge of extinction, thanks to human city development projects that continue to encroach & destroy their forests. Faced with limited options, the raccoon dogs employ their magical, shape-shifting abilities in a desperate attempt to preserve their home.
Written & directed by Isao Takahata, Pom Poko has a playful vibe to it and is a…
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!
JAPANESE SHAPE-SHIFTING, TESTICLE-STRETCHING, SERIAL-MURDERING, ENVIRONMENTALIST, PRETTY FUCKED UP RACCOON NEOREALISM
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.
Ghibli y sus cosas tan chidas.
Not as good as Miyazaki's Ghibli films but still enjoyable with in that special way that only Ghibli can
Part of the Hippy Dippy Baloney Collection
"In the end they used their big balls to beat the humans"
Takahata is a strange guy. He has the greatest 2D animation at his finger tips, and he makes My Neighbours the Yamadas and Pom Poko. Sure, his most iconic work is in his realist projects, and that's where I feel he's at his best. Part of what makes Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday so endearing is how they're brimming with humanity in a way that Miyazaki can't quite grasp. But Takahata decided that audiences wanted to see raccoons using their photorealistic testicles to save their forest and murder humans in cold blood. He wasn't wrong, because kids loved…
This film was way... too... long. That's not to say that it was bad, but it just dragged on and on. There were a lot of interesting and bright points to the film, like all the sequences with the raccoons tricking the humans, but there was also a lot of hitting you over the head with the message that I really didn't need. Seriously, I'm all for a film with strong message, but to say there was a lack of subtlety would be an egregious understatement.
Overall an interesting and unexpected movie that I'm glad I saw, but I have some major gripes with.
We are 4/4 in the Ghibli collection. But I didn't think I'd have this much fun watching it though. It's about shapeshifting raccoons waging war against humans.
Who have destroyed their homes in the forest, and doing so building apartments and houses. I laughed throughout the film, got Abit emotional with the underlying tones and understood the plight of the raccoons.
All they want is a place they want to call home, and eat and be merry. Again animation is on point, and again I did watch the 'English Dub' shame on me.
But I throughly enjoyed the film.
And one more thing I've got to say 'raccoon balls' !!
Joka katsomiskerralla rakastan tätä anarkistista tarinaa yhä enemmän. Sen suurin voima piillee siinä, kuinka supikoirat ovat samaan aikaan niin viattoman kaltaisia eläimiä ja häikäilemättömän ihmismäisiä.
Every time I watch it, I love this anarchistic story even more. Its greatest power must lie in the fact how the raccoon dogs are at the same time so innocent-like animals and ruthlessly human.
BALLZ BALLZ BALLZ!!
HOT TAKES!! 🔥
• This movie has some enormous literal and figurative balls. I'd heard rumors of such beforehand, but you really just have to experience it for yourself.
• I would urge anyone who has trouble getting through the first half to stick it out, because there are some amazing second half sequences, notably the introduction to the Masters from Shikoku and Operation Goblin.
• Having recently moved to Los Angeles, I have a desire to return to my Midwest roots. Thus, this film's ending hit me pretty hard.
Emoji Complaint 🐼
Also, what gives, Apple? Where's my GD raccoon emoji? The closest one you got is that one above? Everyone knows that's…
Two warring tribes of Japanese raccoons band together to fight back against the humans who have moved in to destroy their forest and replace it with homes. "How do raccoons fight humans," you ask? They utilize an ancient ability which all raccoons, foxes, and some cats innately have, which allows them to transform into anything you can think of. Examples of things they can (and do) transform into include ghosts, humans, and cooking instruments. Sound weird enough yet? Well, let me tell you about the "raccoon pouch"...
At different points during the film, the various raccoons are depicted using 3 different art styles. When seen from the point of view of men, the raccoons look like normal, realistic raccoons. Sometimes,…
Probably one of the strangest Studio Ghibli films I've ever seen. The film focuses on the development of the Tanukis as their homes change and evolve. It takes the perspective of animals forced to adapt to an ever changing world where if they do not adapt, then they will not survive.
The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts…
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…