"Pom Poko may not stand among Studio Ghibli’s most famous films, but it is a lot of fun to watch. Directed by Takahata Isao, it is built on a foundation of Japanese legend and lore and told in an almost documentary style. This could have made the film inaccessible to outside audiences, but instead instills it with a strong sense of creativity and culture. The film does a good job of explaining the history and abilities of the tanuki and uses both elements to its advantage. This, combined with a good dose of humour, makes for an enjoyable tale."