Pom Poko (Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko) (The Raccoon War)
Pom Poko (Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko) (The Raccoon War) (1994)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andy Webster
New York Times

Its ecological concerns, nuance and occasional lyricism place it squarely within the Ghibli oeuvre but not among its masterpieces.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Comes a point where cultural specificity is such that there's really no point in defending something that just doesn't translate.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A consistently and thoroughly interminable animated endeavor...

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An excellent contribution to Ghibli's legacy of pro-environment fables about the magic of the natural world and the emptiness of crowded cities.

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Norm Schrager

smart, stylishly trippy

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Anime tale with environmental message; some peril, sadness.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A fun, funny and sad commentary on society, Asian society, and the environment...

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Deeply affecting and visually mesmerizing, this is one of the best animated movies I've ever seen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
The most bizarre and "Japanese" Studio Ghibli effort. Ironically, despite featuring shape-shifting raccoon dogs straight from Japanese folklore and… More
Kylie B
The transformation scenes were amazing, but I think the rest of the film was too cute for me, scrotums aside.
Luke Baldock
I love Studio Ghibli. This was a huge disappointment. From the moment it started I knew it was going to be a poor effort from an exceptional studio. It was… More
Diego Tribdino
Bizarre doesn't even begin to cover this movie. First of all, the animation is excellent, and how can you go wrong with Ghibli. The fact that this is… More
Lewis C.
Gotta love those crazy raccoons!
Lesley N
The story goes a bit all over the place, but I've always got time for happy ecological shape-shifting racoons