Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko

Pom Poko

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Alternative Titles

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 6041360,413 users)
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Ranked: #26242
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Popularity: #1928
Members: 103,749
Favorites: 306

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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?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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, Screenplay, Original Creator
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 6, 2023
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Distinctly Japanese in its essence yet resonating with cultures universal. It captures the allegorical struggle between modernity and traditionalism, while also shedding light on the fight for environmentalism. This piece accomplishes these feats through a perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a balance that few films can achieve. With seamless grace, it weaves together hilarious moments and poignant sorrow, creating a symphony of emotions. It transports the audience, painting a masterpiece of words and scenes that fulfills dreams and leaves an indelible smile and teary eyes at the end. The opening of the film is so joyful it's really hard to ...
Jun 19, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Okay so, viewing from the art style, motions and everything. It's very great!

I of course can't say it's a bad movie, which it isn't. I do see the purpose of this movie, it's kind of on a view of how it is with todays animals and peoples in ones.
But that the raccoons/animals then can transform themselves into humans and other stuff to like trick them and scare them because they are taking their safe spot, place.

It's a kids movie and me as a teenages enjoyed it very much and I am sure my family would too, it's very amusing, funny and at the same time ...
May 17, 2021
This review contains *SPOILERS*.
Watched in Sub/Dub: Dub

Story: 6/10
Pom Poko highlights one of Japan’s odder but extremely popular legends. Pom Poko follows a large commune of raccoons that are determined to reclaim their land from the humans that stole it. The raccoons engage in plenty of shenanigans to halt construction and screw with humans. The plot is all over the place and lacks character development and opportunities for emotional moments. Even though Pom Poko is advertised as a comedy, I found the “funny” moments to be forced and cringey.

Art: 6/10
The animation flow when the raccoons are transforming is excellent but the entire film seems stylistically desynched ...

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