Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko

Pom Poko

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Japanese: 平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ
English: Pom Poko
German: Pom Poko
Spanish: Pom Poko
French: Pompoko
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 13, 1994
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genre: Award WinningAward Winning
Theme: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.301 (scored by 5893758,937 users)
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Ranked: #25312
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Popularity: #1913
Members: 101,054
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With the increasing need for Tokyo to expand as one of Japan's major cities, inevitable sacrifices must be made so that changes can take place. One of these sacrifices is that the room for nature and wildlife to flourish will decrease significantly over time. As this decline continues, many animal communities experience the brunt of urbanization. One such community known as the "Tanuki," a type of magical shape-shifting mammal, is caught up in a struggle to defend their beloved forest from being absorbed by the looming threat of an expanding Tokyo.

As more and more Tanuki find themselves with nowhere to hide and territorial fights become increasingly regular amongst the different factions of the community, the elder Tanuki Oroku decides that something must be done. For the sake of their home as well as the safety of their future generations, the Tanuki unite as one with the hope that together they may be able to repel mankind's construction projects and scare them away from the forests using their shapeshifting abilities.

But as they begin their first attempts at sabotage, the Tanuki soon realize the operation will be no easy task. Will they reclaim their forest as a united community, or will they be torn apart by a war against humanity, blinded by anger and pain after witnessing nature's destruction?

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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



Gyobu, Inugami




Hage, Yashimano


Daimyoujin, Kincho




Takakemori, Gonta



Suzuki, Toshio
Takahata, Isao
Director, Original Creator, Screenplay
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Pannetier, Jean-Marc
Script, ADR Director


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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

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. ...
Jul 27, 2019
Stories about anthropomorphic animals behaving like human beings have always been a form of storytelling that different types of authors, narrators and storytellers used to employ back in the old days to convey a message to their audience. This was done by using the animals as some sort of metaphor to represent human society and the flaws that show up within it’s systems. Perhaps the most famous example would be George Orwell's magnificent social commentary on Communism that is the timeless Animal Farm. From there, this form of storytelling would go on to get adopted by many other storytellers that came after the man. Fortunately ...
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 ...

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