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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
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genres: Kids
Duration: 1 hr. 51 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.391 (scored by 29,115 users)
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Ranked: #21212
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Popularity: #1734
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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)


The film won the 1995 Annecy International Animated Film Festival for Feature Film. It also won Best Animation Film at the 49th Mainichi Film Awards.

Characters & Voice Actors

Nonomura, Makoto
Ishida, Yuriko
Kamiya, Akira
Norihei, Miki
Wonderland President
Daimyoujin, Kincho
Gyobu, Inugami


Suzuki, Toshio
Takahata, Isao
Director, Screenplay, Original Creator
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Momose, Yoshiyuki

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

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Jun 9, 2010
Origami_Cyclone (All reviews)
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
Dec 31, 2008
Morticon (All reviews)
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
May 23, 2009
JTurner (All reviews)
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
Apr 8, 2017
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Studio Ghibli is generally synonymous with quality. Led by Hayao Miyazaki and his lifelong friend Isao Takahata, Ghibli has come closer to batting 1000 then any movie studio I can think of. However, if you delve into the more obscure Ghibli films you can find some that while still good...are a little less than perfection. This is definitely one of those.



The plot of this 1994, Takahata penned Ghibli film is that a community of magical tanuki (raccoon dogs) are being threatened by deforestation and must fight back against the loggers. Basically take the plot of 1992's Ferngully and add massive hairy balls. The tanuki around read more


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