Monkey-Wrenching Raccoons: Pom Poko
When: February 22, 2009, 2 pm
Director: Isao Takahata
Length: 119 mins
Introduced by: Eileen Mikals-Adachi
Just as in the West there are legends of witches and ghosts and demons, Japanese legends tell of magical shape-shifting raccoons (tanaki) and foxes. Pom Poko is a delightfully animated faux-documentary about the ways a certain clan of these raccoons managed to survive as human developments began to encroach on their traditional habitat. Assistant Professor of Japanese at Eckerd College, Eileen Mikals-Adachi, has long been a student of Japanese pop culture and folklore, and will introduce and lead a discussion about this delightful and engaging film by Studio Ghibli filmmaker Isao Takahata. This program continues our tradition of designing our Sunday afternoon programs especially for families and children – but the film and discussion will enchant all but the most jaded adults.
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