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Pom Poko

4

One of Studio Ghibili's more surreal releases...

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.

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