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Pom Poko

Studio Ghibli Collection
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Parental Guidance

Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

NOTE: Low level violence

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Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko) is a 1994 Japanese animated fantasy film, the eighth written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli.

POM POKO is a tale of the clash between modern civilization and the natural world. The Raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The Raccoons practice and perfect the ancient art of transformation until they are even able to appear as humans. In often hilarious ways, the Raccoons use their powers to try to scare off the advancement of civilization. But will it be enough? Or will the Raccoons learn how to live in balance with the modern world?

Celebrate the magic of the forest and the beauty of the creatures who live among us in POM POKO – on Blu-ray for the first time ever. From the Studio Ghibli Collection.

Special Features

  • Feature length storyboards
  • Original trailers
  • Studio Ghibli trailer reel


  • Won Mainichi Film Concours Award, Best Animated Film (1995)
  • Won Japanese Academy Award, Special Award (1995)

Pom Poko Movie Reviews

“Director of the powerful animated film Grave of the Fireflies, Takahata Isao, went in a different direction for his 1994 Studio Ghibli outing with Pom Poko. The fantastical story with its roots in Japanese mythology and hints of Orwell’s Animal Farm, is set in the booming suburbs of Tokyo in the 1960s. Following a group of magical, shapeshifting raccoons who come together to fight of the encroachment of human expansion into their habitat, the film is comedic, sentimental, and environmentally driven at the same time. The story, hitting at a time when Japan’s economy was in slump, the film used the 1960s urban boom to turn a mirror on he unabated greed and unrestricted environmental destruction of Japan’s corporate world…Pom Poko won the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 1995 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.” 4 out of 5 stars Blu-rayDefinition.com

“A posse of shape-shifting raccoons wage war on humanity to protect their land in Studio Ghibli’s strangest adventure. While elements of environmental fable and Japanese folklore share kinship with Hayao Miyazaki’s work, the subversive humour and anarchic animation are writer/ director Isao Takahata’s own. Whether staging freakish parades or attacking foes with their voluminous testicles, these raccoons are truly wild. So is the film; while its undisciplined story is stitched together by voiceover, the ambition is bracing as Takahata fires off potent asides about societal progress and revolutionary movements en route to a deeply moving conclusion.” 4 out of 5 Stars, Total Film

Release date Australia
May 8th, 2014
Movie Format
  • Blu-ray
Blu-ray Region
  • Region B
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
English, Japanese
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Country of Production
  • Japan
  • Animation
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