Pom Poko

pom-poko

From Studio Ghibli, written by Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Isao Takahata, this can show how raccoons can be in Japan than besides the ones in North America.

In North America, those raccoons are just furry mammals that make messes in our garbage cans. As they can have rabies, come out mostly at night, we have to be careful of them.

In Japan, those raccoons are okay, only different. Out in the streets, they are just raccoons. But out in the forest outside of Tokyo, where no human can find them, they are bigger, furrier, as they live in their own civilization. They are what they call in Japanese folklore, Japanese raccoon dogs. They even talk like humans, as they have the power to shape shift.

In the late 1960’s, their old home was destroyed by construction sites as they made suburban homes on hills. Later in the early 1990’s, the raccoon dogs found a good home for them, in the forest outside of Tokyo, Japan. And whenever the humans do more construction sites, special events such as parades and more, they do a little payback. With a taste of furry vengeance.

To the attacks they did, they badly injured and killed construction workers. Some of them were frightened by the raccoon dogs, as immediately they quit. However, more and more construction workers easily replace them.

In their home in the forest, and whenever they are out there, they can still shape shift. From being raccoon dogs, to flying creatures in the sky, they watch over the people of Tokyo.

As two raccoon dogs fell in love together, and had children, there were two more raccoons dogs, planning their next attack. But thats not all, those two were voice talented by Clancy Brown and J.K. Simmons. It was before they became famous later on. Since Clancy Brown was in “Starship Troopers”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, and the remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. As for J.K. Simmons, it was before he won Best Actor in “Whiplash”, and how he was funny and good in “Juno”. Although he was good as an ox with emerald swords, in one of the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ movies, but this deserves on how he loves Studio Ghibli.

Later on at last, they found a new home. One that they deserve like how their old home was. A golf course within a suburban sprawl. And there will be no ‘Caddyshack’ trouble there.

Since I saw this for the first time, 10/10 stars. And a ‘A++’ on this. Thanks to Studio Ghibli very much.

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