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Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 continues with ‘Pom Poko’

Fans of Japanese animation will be glad to know that Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 continues Sunday, Monday and Wednesday with Isao Takahata's 1994 film "Pom Poko" (or "The Racoon War").

The film, which tells the tale of animals fighting against human development of their traditional homeland, will screen at 12:55 Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday in dubbed versions and at 7 p.m. Monday in original language with English subtitles, at the Regal Cinemas theaters at Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium.

Here are some critical comments:

Andy Webster, New York Times: "Its ecological concerns, nuance and occasional lyricism place it squarely within the Ghibli oeuvre."

Austin Trunick, Under the Radar: "Pom Poko isn't regarded as one of the tent poles of the Studio Ghibli canon, though it deserves to be."

MaryAnn Johnson, Flick Filosopher: "Deeply affecting and visually mesmerizing, this is one of the best animated movies I've ever seen."