Panda! Go Panda!

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Overview

This strange and lively animated short was the first collaboration between Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, who together formed Studio Ghibli in 1985. Panda! Go Panda! tells a simple story aimed at young children, but the oddness of the premise also keeps it interesting for older fans of Miyazaki's work. The plot revolves around Mimiko, an orphaned little girl living on her own, who discovers a pair of talking pandas. She takes in the father and his baby son, and together they form a surrogate family. What ...
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Overview

This strange and lively animated short was the first collaboration between Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, who together formed Studio Ghibli in 1985. Panda! Go Panda! tells a simple story aimed at young children, but the oddness of the premise also keeps it interesting for older fans of Miyazaki's work. The plot revolves around Mimiko, an orphaned little girl living on her own, who discovers a pair of talking pandas. She takes in the father and his baby son, and together they form a surrogate family. What follows is cute, innocent fun as Mimiko and the pandas get into various comical mishaps, but there is some noteworthy subtext for adult viewers, as well. The "papa" panda can alternatively be seen as a proxy father, a husband figure, or even a child for Mimiko, and the cheerfulness with which she deals with being parentless is both inspiring and unsettling. Still, this is first and foremost a bright, cheerful tale that will please the young -- and young at heart -- with its wholesome action and humorous situations. From these modest beginnings, Miyazaki went on to create such masterpieces as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Spirited Away, while Takahata directed the unforgettable Grave of the Fireflies. ~ Skyler Miller, All Movie Guide
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Special Features

Interview with Isao Takahata; Panda! Go Panda! exhibit; Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

Animerica
Visually the [Panda! Go, Panda!] films themselves take a simple approach. There's little of the realistic background detail associated with Miyazaki. Rather, the emphasis is on bright, flat colors and simple, appealing shapes. The look is reminiscent of a child's picture book and works on that level. Andrew Osmond
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • UPC: 875707005920
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Source: Eastern Star
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,993

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Isao Takahata Director
Hisao Fukuda Art Director
Henry Goto Executive Producer
Haruyo Kanesaku Producer
Shichiro Kobayashi Art Director
Yutaka Maseba Producer
Hayao Miyazaki Animator, Screenwriter
Masahiko Satoh Songwriter
Tatsumasa Shimizu Cinematographer
Hiroe Tsukamoto Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Panda! Go Panda!
1. Chapter 1 [2:08]
2. Chapter 2 [3:15]
3. Chapter 3 [4:46]
4. Chapter 4 [4:13]
5. Chapter 5 [3:08]
6. Chapter 6 [4:04]
7. Chapter 7 [5:57]
8. Chapter 8 [4:08]
9. Chapter 9 [1:39]
10. Chapter 10 [3:15]
11. Chapter 11 [8:35]
12. Chapter 12 [2:31]
13. Chapter 13 [7:37]
14. Chapter 14 [5:46]
15. Chapter 15 [4:21]
16. Chapter 16 [4:33]
17. Chapter 17 [1:33]
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Disc #1 -- Panda! Go Panda!
   Panda! Go Panda!: Chapters
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love it, give me more....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    if you have not see it, see it now its the best animation i have ever seen, its not as scary as sprit away, but its really really cute! I want to kiss you...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    Awesome dosen't even begin to describe this movie!!!

    Panda go panda isn't just for kids I've seen it 5 times already and I'ma bout to watch it again. It's fun for the whole family, the young and the young at heart.

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