Pom Poko

Pom Poko

DVD - 2015
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From acclaimed director Isao Takahata. Celebrate the magic of the forest and the beauty of the creatures that live among us. An extraordinary tale of transformation and hope is told as the human world begins to encroach upon the animal world.
Publisher: S.I. : [publisher not identified], 2015.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby Digital 2.0
1 videodisc (approximately 119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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redtayres
Jun 21, 2018

Having no familiarity with Ghibli movies (other than their titles), I found this movie an enjoyable and somewhat magical film if about 20 minutes too long. As others have said, not a movie for small children just because the story seems a bit over their head. I, for one, enjoyed seeing how foxes and raccoons transform (some of them!) and felt like I got a peek into Japanese folklore.

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yumsushi
Apr 10, 2018

This is probably the worst ghibli movie I've watched. The pacing and the constant narraration were painful to sit through. As a movie with an important environmental message, you end up not caring about any of it by the end of the movie.

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KSatake
May 02, 2017

The studio called it a movie with hope; but we found the message to be hopeless. In the end, the Tanuki had to give in to the humans while their precious time was destroyed. The survivors ended up having to live lives of human drudgery (if they could transform) or skull and forage in city streets, living shorter lives. Quite the environmental message but bleak.

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meros
Mar 13, 2017

Disney and Studio Ghibli created this movie about humans destroying wild country to build homes. Where does the line get drawn to destroy natural habitat in order to fill the needs of humans. In Japan apparently the Raccoons have a special talent which helps them create diversions/distractions that bring the problem into perspective. Not one of the better Ghibli films I have seen, but interesting. Not sure that small children would understand what is happening as the raccoons transform or shape shift frequently with no real explanation regarding what they are trying to do. However, it appears to have been a lost art so the attempts may just be several attempts that are not successful until they finally get how to do it.

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booksmile
Nov 25, 2015

Cons:
Probably not for kids--way too many hairy balls.
Not great for women-doesn't pass Bechdel test I don't think.
Pros:
Deals with complex environmetnal issues in an interesting way.
Hilarious ghost/scare scenes and fun dance parties.

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ReadingRainBro
Oct 13, 2015

This was hilarious, but I could see some parents getting upset that raccoons can transform their balls. That's not a sentence you see everyday.

EarthAdvocate21 Feb 21, 2014

This movie tells a wonderful story of why it is important to live harmoniously with nature, and why humans should stop destroying forests. The animation is excellent, and the characters are humorous and relatable.

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davis2he
May 29, 2013

This movies has a really strong message while still managing to remain somewhat funny and lighthearted. However, there is cause for a few awkward moments if you don't do your research on the tanuki (japanese raccoon species) beforehand.

SamuelTurn May 18, 2013

It is a very good movie, but I would not show it to kids. Certain parts might get "awkward" questions that Disney tried, and failed, at censoring in the dub. These "parts" are a part of traditional mythology surrounding the tannuki (not raccoons) mythos. It's still a good movie IMO, but you might need to do a small bit of research on Wikipedia before watching.

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mari7946
Jun 14, 2011

my daughter loves this, because of he theme song? she loves it. I also love it story and very creative story, and it is very Japanese cultural story.

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