Pom Poko details
|Starring:||Shigeru Izumiya, Akira Fukuzawa, Yuriko Ishida, Norihei Miki, Beichou Katsura, Yorie Yamashita, Makoto Nonomura, Shinchou Kokontei|
|Voice over:||Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Maurice LaMarche, Andre Stojka, Brian George, Clancy Brown, J.K. Simmons|
|Genres:||Animated, Anime, Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Anime/Japanimation, World Cinema - Japanese|
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 Jan 2006|
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Pleasantly surprisedBy The GagaMann from Southend, England , 24 Mar 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]I really wasn't sure what to expect with this Studio Ghibli (Sprirted Away) film, as it was the one I had heard the least of. Luckily none of their movies have disappointed me yet, and this is no exception. While it may not come close to Totoro, Sprirted Away and Porco Rosso, it is still a great film in it's own right. This is actually the only film the studio has done that has starred talking animals, which in this case are a group of Japanese Racoons who find ways to stop a construction project taking over their forest. The first thing that caught my eye was the clever transforming animations. Often the Racoon will also change from cartoon style, to even more cartoon styled, and back to realistic style again. This is all done seamlessly, however, and works to the films advantage. Another thing youll notice is that, yes, these are Japanese Racoon s and yes, they are drawn accurately to how the Japanese draw them in folktales, so they have big..well, pouches. While these dont distract from the movie, there is one particular scene in the film where they take the role as weapons and, its a very strange thing to see. Of course, this is the only real culture clash I can spot in the film, but this doesnt make the film in any way not suitable for kids. In fact, Id highly recommend renting this to watch if youre an animation fan or a parent who wants something to keep the kids entertained.
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5/5 - Ghibli does it again!By Gilldog (3 reviews) , 14 Jan 2013Charming, loveable, original, well paced and structured, with a social conscience - exactly what you'd to expect from Studio Ghibli. Maybe not suitable for very young children as My Neighbour Totoro might be (raccoon testicles are an important theme of the film and prominently displayed throughout!) but thoroughly enjoyable for older children and adults alike.
Poor example of a non-Miyazaki SG animeBy Chibi (5 reviews) from Southport , 12 Mar 2012You can really tell this isn't a Miyazaki film, even though it's a Studio Ghibli film. The style of narration over animation was just too jarring to be able to appreciate the story. This runs just short of two hours, and I think I felt every minute of it.
The story itself is good, if not a bit pretentious. It's a favourite theme of Miyazaki's: earth conservation and wildlife reservations, treating the earth with respect. But the way the story was told could have been much better. Relating the audience to the characters could have been better too. It's really all down the intrusive narration.
They say when writing a book, you have to show and not tell. The same could be said for movies, and it doesn't seem like anyone shared that memo with the director.
strangest filmBy glamourie (1 review) , 21 Jan 2012truly, one of the strangest things i have ever seen. to not take alcohol or prescription drugs if you plan to watch this film. not suitable for those prone to nervous disorders
One for the familyBy a customer , 21 Nov 2011I agree that this one does seem to be a bit more of a kids story but there are clear messages about conservation in there. I don't know if there is any backstory behind the transforming raccoons in Japanese myth but either way I loved the imagination! It's not as good as a lot of the others from Studio Ghibli but like I say it's just more of a kids story. Also it seemed very long when I watched it again after some time!
Average PokoBy a customer , 23 Aug 2011Still great Ghibli stuff but I found the ending a bit lacking and the different characters confusing. Worth a watch.