Pom Poko

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Japan | 1994 | 119 minutes | Isao Takahata

March 28, 2020

Saturday Morning Cartoons

In Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's 1994 anime classic, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon form to practically any object.

The tanuki spend their days playing idly in the hillsides and squabbling over food—until the construction of a huge new Tokyo suburb clears the nearby forest and threatens their way of life. In an effort to defend their home, the tanuki learn to transform into humans and start playing tricks to make the workers think the construction site is haunted, ending in a spectacular night-time spirit parade, with thousands of ghosts, dragons and other magical creatures descending on the city—in an abundance of fantastical characters that would not be matched on screen by Studio Ghibli until Spirited Away.

Saturday Morning Cartoons is a monthly celebration of animated children's films from across the globe. We aim to showcase animated films that advance the aesthetic possibilities of 2D animation through their specific cultural lens. Coffee will be provided along with donuts from Mighty O. All ages are welcome. In Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Principal Cast: Shinchô Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Rating: PG