Panda! Go Panda!
Studio: TMS Entertainment Release Date : December 17, 1972
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating:       (2 ratings submitted)

Synopsis

While her grandmother is away, the young but capable Mimiko is left alone to look after herself. She soon discovers two kind pandas have entered the house and Mimiko adopts them as her new family.

Caricatures

Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata

Credits

Director

Isao Takahata

Music

Masahiko Sato

Backgrounds

Masato Itoh

Layout

Hayao Miyazaki

Producer

Shunzo Kato

Art Direction

Hisao Fukuda
Shichiro Kobayashi

Animation Director

Yasuo Otsuka
Yoichi Kotabe

Storyboards

Hayao Miyazaki

Screenplay

Hayao Miyazaki

Key Animator

Hayao Miyazaki
Yoshifumi Kondo
Yoichi Kotabe

Assistant Director

Toshitsugu Mukaitsubo

Distributor(s)

Toho Co. Ltd.

Trivia

Lupin and Jigen from Lupin the 3rd make cameos in this film as news anchors.

Video Information

DVD

United States

Panda! Go Panda!

BluRay Disc

United States

Panda! Go Panda!

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Color
Sound Type: Mono
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: Japanese
Original Country: Japan

Reviews and Comments

From TibbyH :

It's "My Neighbor Totoro", but with pandas...and I love it. Director Isao Takahata and his team created a sweet simple little anime short filled with child-like joy and adorable character designs. The film has an incredibly simple story, but it knows what it wants to be and goes forward with it to the end. In no way is the film patronizing to children, making it completely accessible for anyone of any age to watch and enjoy. Panda Go Panda was made by the same production team responsible for the latter half of the 1971 Lupin the 3rd anime series, so many of the brilliant artists behind those fun Lupin episodes carried over to this short (there's even a cameo from Lupin and Jigen). You sort of get the feel that TMS gave Takahata full creative control and just let him and the team do whatever it is they wanted. Being worked on heavily by Hayao Miyazaki (who wrote, storyboarded, and key animated the film), you can see him planting the seeds for the types of films he would direct at Studio Ghibli. The animation is a lot simpler compared to the grand nature of those Ghibli films, but there is a lot of charm put into the film making the more limited animation an easier pill to swallow. Compared to a lot of children's entertainment, the film as a laid back pacing without relying on loud noises or constant chatter to get your attention. It's just an extremely feel-good film, perfect for watching with children or just by yourself in a calm environment. Whether you're a Miyazaki or Takahata completionist or just want something lighthearted to sit down to, Panda Go Panda is the perfect short film for children of all ages.
See all comments by TibbyH

Click on thumbnail for full size image


Click on thumbnail for full size image





History

8/23/2018

  • New title added by TibbyH
  • Credits added by TibbyH
  • Animation type added by TibbyH
  • Color type added by TibbyH
  • Sound type added by TibbyH
  • Aspect ratio added by TibbyH
  • Print format added by TibbyH
  • Negative format added by TibbyH
  • Cinematographic format added by TibbyH
  • Original Language added by TibbyH
  • Home video info added by TibbyH

8/29/2018

  • Credits added by TibbyH

9/4/2018

  • Credits added by TibbyH
  • Characters added by TibbyH
  • Trivia added by TibbyH

9/11/2018

  • Synopsis added by TibbyH

9/23/2018

  • Credits added by TibbyH

9/29/2018

  • Comments added
  • TibbyH

Sources

Isao Takahata: Director
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hayao Miyazaki: Key Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hayao Miyazaki: Screenplay
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Yasuo Otsuka: Animation Director
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hayao Miyazaki: Layout
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Masahiko Sato: Music
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Shunzo Kato: Producer
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hisao Fukuda: Art Direction
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Shichiro Kobayashi: Art Direction
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Masato Itoh: Backgrounds
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Toshitsugu Mukaitsubo: Assistant Director
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Yoichi Kotabe: Animation Director
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Yoshifumi Kondo: Key Animator
  • Verified by Anipages

Yoichi Kotabe: Key Animator
  • Verified by Anipages

Hayao Miyazaki: Storyboards
  • Verified by Anipages