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.
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.
I've seen some Ghibli nonsense before, but this one takes the cake. A few neat scenes stood out for me, but otherwise rambling, aimless, and in dire need of several more screenplay drafts.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While Miyazaki dived into steampunk, sorcery, magical realism and spirit worlds Isao Takahata was dealing with grimmer, more grounded works. Most know him for the staggeringly heartbreaking war film Grave of the Fireflies, some for the nostalgic character piece Only Yesterday, and fewer yet his most recent masterpiece Princess Kaguya, which has a little magic but does not strongly deviate from his usual emotional beats. And wedged somewhere in the middle is Pom Poko, a bizarre and twisted lovechild of the two dominant styles that seems to be too ambitious for its own good. The film carries an environmentalist message, which is not something Ghibli has been afraid to broach in the past. But it also differentiates itself from Nausicaa…
I just wanted a film about happy raccoons using their balls to transform for shits and giggles, but instead I'm handed crippling depression, non-stop crying and hatred for colonialism as my reaction.
Very powerful stuff with terrific voice acting. I now hate my life.
The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts…
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