Ranked #1708
Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko

Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko

Alternative Titles

English: Pom Poko
Japanese: 平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 13, 1994
Genres: Kids
Duration: 1 hr. 51 min.
Rating: PG - Children
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Ranked: #17082
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Faced with the destruction of their habitat due to the growth of Tokyo, a group of tanuki try to defend their homes. They decide to use their transforming talents to try to hold back the new development. Two of them, especially skilled at transforming, are sent to Shikoku to enlist the help of three sages. Meanwhile, the rest of them do their best to disrupt the construction site, at first causing accidents, and then actually haunting the site. However, the humans are very persistent, and soon the tanuki are forced to use more and more extreme measures to save their home.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors

Nonomura, Makoto
Nonomura, Makoto
Ishida, Yuriko
Ishida, Yuriko
Méry, Virginie
Méry, Virginie
Kamiya, Akira
Kamiya, Akira


Otsuka, Masahiko
Suzuki, Toshio
Takahata, Isao
Director, Original Creator
Uragami, Yasuo
Sound Director

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Jun 9, 2010
Pom Poko is one of my favorite anime movies, although that's not to say it's a perfect movie. The documentary-style opening , complete with uninspired narration, will lull most people into a false sense of security before the second half. If you can stay awake for the second half, prepare to be blown away.
The Tanuki's transformation prowess here makes for some of the of the most imaginative and unrestrained animation I've ever seen. A careful eye will notice Kiki, Totoro, Porco Rosso, and Galaxy Express 999 during the parade sequence. The tanuki themselves fluidly turn without restraint into hyperrealistic, humanistic, and charicature forms. read more
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Dec 31, 2008
Another Studio Ghibli masterpiece, and produced by anime genius Hayao Miyazaki, Pom Poko brings something new to the table: Animals who, instead of fleeing from the deforestation that threatens them, choose to resort to a different method by turning the tables on the humans that shamelessly and thoughtlessly tear away at their homes. Based on the Japanese Tanuki folklore, many of the raccoons featured in Pom Poko have magical shape shifting powers, some a little more rusty than others. These creatures begin to notice their food and shelter becoming scarce after the invasion of their land by the crew of new housing construction, and must read more
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May 23, 2009
Fans who remember Isao Takahata best for his relentless tearjerker, "Grave of the Fireflies", could very well react with surprise and shock upon viewing "Pom Poko". This lavishly animated tale about raccoons battling for their homeland (which was the biggest hit of 1994 in Japan) isn't so much a heartwrenching tragedy as it is an interesting amalgam of humor, drama, and action--all delivered in a way that is daringly original for animation. At times, the viewer gets treated to scenes which recall the one-two-three emotional punch of "Grave of the Fireflies", but even though the tone of the movie is somber, a handful of lighthearted read more
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Aug 11, 2014
It's not easy, staning in the shadows of a mastermind. Well, the same goes for Isao Takahata. He is not only one of the Co-Founder of the Studio Ghibli, he also is the man for the "Different Works". He proofed this with one of the greatest animated classics ever, Grave of the Firflies. It was the first time Studio Ghibli made a movie with such a thematic, and it was their last. That haven't changed, not even in 2014.

But Takahata is not only known for "Grave of the Firieflies". He made other fine movies like "Only Yesterday" or the most unique Ghibli Work "My Neighbors read more
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Both feature a cast of tanuki in a modern setting.
Both are bitter-sweet stories of creatures from Japanese folklore, existing or brought to the modern age. In both, society and the media reaction is important, reacting realistically to the creatures' presence, and their actions toward the media.
Both Arjuna and Pom Poko have strong morales about the enviroment . Arjuna is more about farming and plants and what's safe to eat (the answer to that last one being nothing by the way) while Pom Poko is about how we shouldn't build on homeland of animals. Arjuna is also way more preachy while Pom Poko's morale is part of the story naturally and thus seems better. Arjuna also has more action, but they both have great animation and music.
Animal Treasure Island is considered a "pre-Ghibli" film. If you liked it, then perhaps you would enjoy the Ghibli film Pom Poko. Both films have talking animals.
While ponpoko revolves around the issue of humans polluting nature, if you liked the idea of animals transforming into humans, then wolf children is also perfect for you! However, wolf children has another layer to it that ponpoko doesn't have: it also tackles the question of whether or not the two children, Ame and yuki, are human or wolf. This makes wolf children more complex, and can be better appreciated by an older audience.
Both involve shapeshifters trying to scare humans so they will stop them from destroying their forest.

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Ending Theme

"Itsu demo Dare ka ga (いつでも誰かが; Always, someone is...)" by Shang Shang Typhoon

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