Pom Poko

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Anime tale with environmental message; some peril, sadness.

PG 1994 112 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 9+

Watch it over 2 or 3 viewings

I think if you watch this movie over 2 or 3 nights it is a 5 star movie, but as is it is long and dense and goes on many tangents. The tanuki (raccoon dogs) is based on Japanese folklore and that does include their magical testicles (you read that right). The environmental message is strong and it is quite sad, so I would recommend for older kids, although my 8 year old liked it. The ending made my 11 year old cry, and I’ve never seen him cry at a movie before.

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age 10+

Great message, but a bit long

We watched this with a 4 year old and a 10 year old, and we had to stretch it over 2 nights because it runs long. The 4 year old was a bit scared by some of the pranks of the raccoons, especially a particular scene when they turn into humans without faces. The messages throughout were interesting though, and the artwork was beautiful.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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