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Feature 7.9
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 4.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Madman
Running Time:

Classification:
 PG
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.9


Pom Poko

This flick is cool! In Japanese folk lore, racoons are shape shifters and can morph into other creatures and even humans, walking amongst them unnoticed. When the Tama Hill racoons face their homes being destroyed by developers, they have to do whatever it takes to scare away the workers, taking advantage of the Japanese belief structure in superstition and ghost stories. 

The movie is a laugh fest the whole way through and there is a clear opportunity to really get to know the racoons and sympathise with their plight. As the movie moves on, the theatrics of the racoons increases until the end. 

Some may say that this does not really have the feeling that is predominant in most Ghibli titles and I would have to agree. Studio Ghibli generally tells a tale that hooks you in totally, however Pom Poko at times leaves you wanting just a little bit more. This doesnít mean that there isnít a good story there to tell, it just means that you should not be expecting something like Grave of the Fireflies, expect a very solid tale though that is highly entertaining. 

As with previous Ghibli releases, once again we are treated to a awesome video and audio presentation. Itís a testament to how good these guys are and also how much care was taken with the production of the disc.  

The extras include storyboards, trailers and Ghibli trailers. I wish there had been some more discussion about the racoonís ability to shape shift but all in all a solid presentation. I think that most viewers will enjoy this fun tale, that actually raises a few questions and should prompt discussion afterward.






 
 



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