© 1994 Hatake Jimusho - Studio Ghibli - NH


Pom Poko


Directed by: Isao Takahata

Year: 1994

Length: 119 minutes

Classification rating: PG (Contains violence, scary images and thematic elements)

Screens in: Bunbury, Townsville, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Hobart

A humorous fairy tale to teach about environmental conservation wisdom


Pom Poko is an ever-green tale about the clash between modern society and the natural world. The Raccoons (Tanuki) of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by rapid urbanisation. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. Once they perfect the ancient art of transformation until they are even able to appear as humans, they use their power, often in hilarious ways, to try to scare off the advancement of civilization. Will it be enough? Or will the Raccoons learn how to live in balance with the modern world, feeding off the leftovers from houses and shopping malls?

Rich with references to Japanese old folklore, this less-known masterpiece from Studio Ghibli will entertain the viewer with creative and curious oddities and countless visual and verbal jokes, while conveying a noble and thought-provoking pro-environmental message.

Director: Isao Takahata

Original Story: Isao Takahata

Animation Producer: Studio Ghibli

Genre: Adventure, Anime

Saturday 4th September • 15:00

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury

Saturday 2nd October • 12:40

BCC Cinemas, Townsville Central
*this screening is dubbed in English

Sunday 3rd October • 12:40

BCC Cinemas, Townsville Central

Saturday 20th November • 11:00

Village Eastlands, Rosny Park

Saturday 20th November • 12:30

Event Cinemas Kotara, Newcastle
*this screening is dubbed in English

Friday 3rd December • 18:10

Micham Cinemas, Adelaide

Sunday 5th December • 11:00

Event Cinemas Robina, Gold Coast