Isao Takahata's wildly inventive, animated social satire delivers a plea for animal preservation without resorting to cuddly anthropomorphizing.
In 1967, the peaceful co-existence of man and nature is disrupted during a housing boom. Until then, pom pokos (raccoon-like animals native to Japan that feature in many folk tales) wandered to and fro between their forest homes and suburban garbage cans. But to build the Nutama development, demolition crews launch a massive decimation of the adjacent woods. Osho (voice of Andre Stojka), the pom poko community's 105 year-old sage, convenes an emergency meeting, urging his fellow creature to rebel against their immin...