sao Takahata’s film uses the tanuki, creatures of myth, as his heroes. Beloved folk-tale characters, they are viewed as bringers of fortune with shape-changing abilities. In this film, their forest home is threatened by urban development and, to save it, they must use all their supernatural talents.
Initial release: 16 July 1994 (Japan)
Director: Isao Takahata
Featured song: ITSUDEMO DAREKAGA
Narrator: Shincho Kokontei III
Story by: Hayao Miyazaki
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