Panda! Go Panda!
Studio: TMS Entertainment Release Date : December 17, 1972
Cumulative rating:
(2 ratings submitted)

Associated Studio(s)

A Productions


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.
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Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata



Isao Takahata


Masahiko Sato


Masato Itoh


Hayao Miyazaki


Minoru Maeda


Shunzo Kato

Art Direction

Hisao Fukuda
Shichiro Kobayashi

Animation Director

Yasuo Otsuka
Yoichi Kotabe


Hayao Miyazaki


Hayao Miyazaki

Key Animator

Hayao Miyazaki
Yoshifumi Kondo
Yoichi Kotabe
Shingo Araki

Assistant Director

Toshitsugu Mukaitsubo


Toho Co. Ltd.


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


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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

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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.
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