Pukapuka Juju

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Synonyms: Pukapuka Dudu, Wakate Animator Ikusei Project, 2011 Young Animator Training Project, Anime Mirai 2011, Dudu the Floater, Dudu the Floatie
Japanese: ぷかぷかジュジュ


Type: TV Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 19, 2012
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genres: FantasyFantasy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.621 (scored by 29772,977 users)
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Ranked: #60342
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Popularity: #7857
Members: 5,795
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Mika dreams of the day when she can visit the beach with her father. Already overburdened by his day-to-day responsibilities, it seems like her father gets called in to do last-minute work every weekend. Even if he somehow manages a break, his crippling fear of the ocean would prevent him from truly enjoying the beach with his daughter.

After yet another postponement, Mika plays in a kiddie pool alone, with only Juju, an inflatable dugong, to keep her company. But things take a turn for the bizarre when Juju comes to life and tells Mika that he will take her to the ocean in her father's place. As Mika hangs on to Juju for dear life, she wonders if her trip is more than what she bargained for.

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Pukapuka Juju is one of the four anime works that received funding from the 2011 Young Animator Training Project, titled Anime Mirai 2012. The anime short shared the Grand Prize in the Feature Films category of the 17th Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival in 2013, alongside the project's other shorts.

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Aug 6, 2022
The set up for Puka Puka Juju begins with a pretty standard family unit - an overworked father who has to prioritize his job, a small child who just wants to spend one weekend with him despite all the broken promises, and a housewife who has to constantly sacrifice her social life to juggle the kids. They all deeply care for one another and the situation is hard on each of them for different reasons. Despite its shortness, you can feel the bond between them within the first few minutes. It may get shaky at times, but they do their best to keep it together.

Although ...
Jun 11, 2020
This movie was created by inexperienced animators with the sole purpose of practicing and improving their professional skills. I know this because I read the MAL entry and not because it's noticeable. What I'm trying to say is that visually it doesn't look unfinished or unpolished. The visuals are pretty to look at and the action sequences look fluid and entertaining.

There are some flaws in terms of sound design, particularly the dialog's volume being too low compared to the sountrack and sound effects' volume.

The story and the characters are adorable and it's a really sweet and short experience that will warm your heart ...
Jun 6, 2019
Puka Puka Juju, a tale of a young daughter wanting to go to the beach with her father but can't because of work obligations.

Effective is a word I would use because it covers the bases of family, creativity, and imagination from a child's perspective. Which links to animation, colorful and full of life.

It is vibrant and works with the themes of the plot and the desires of the characters. Which, again, contrast well with the imagination part of the child's mind with how each character must overcome said idea.

As a whole, it is the strongest of the 4 shorts of 2011 in terms ...

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