Pom Poko (Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko) (The Raccoon War)
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Renowned animation director Isao Takahata spins this tale about a pitched battle between Japanese folkloric figures and housing developers at the edge of the Tokyo sprawl. The tanuki -- a badger-like creature often portrayed with big round eyes, a large Buddha-like belly, and long pendulous testicles resting by its feet -- is a beloved figure in Japanese myth, viewed both as a fun-loving bringer of fortune and a shape-changing trickster. Pom Poko opens with a group of tanuki fighting amongst each other for the increasingly scarce resources of their forest. Soon the group realizes that the real… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its ecological concerns, nuance and occasional lyricism place it squarely within the Ghibli oeuvre but not among its masterpieces."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"A fun, funny and sad commentary on society, Asian society, and the environment..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Deeply affecting and visually mesmerizing, this is one of the best animated movies I've ever seen."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"By no means a particularly good film...But as a cultural curiosity and a showcase for stunningly bizarre animation, there's nothing else quite like it."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Comes a point where cultural specificity is such that there's really no point in defending something that just doesn't translate."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"An excellent contribution to Ghibli's legacy of pro-environment fables about the magic of the natural world and the emptiness of crowded cities."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"smart, stylishly trippy"
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com

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