YMMV / Pom Poko

  • Angst? What Angst?: In the past, Kiyo's grandfather was shot and killed by a hunter who then sold his pelt. She's surprisingly undisturbed by this.
    • Many of the Tanukis can barely contain their laughter after accidentally killing several people.
  • Anvilicious: The ending features a character essentially breaking the fourth wall to restate the moral of the story.
  • Applicability:
    • To the environmentalist movement. Disagreements between factions, a lack of comprehensive strategy, poor grasp of tactics and the simple fact of being heavily outgunned by industrial and corporate interests hamstring many well-meaning groups in Real Life.
    • More subtly, to colonialism, displaying the internal struggles and conflicts in resisting the conqueror and maintaining the invaded culture while considering the invaders’ culture’s benefits, and finally considering the issue of forced assimilation. In what is probably an accidental example, one of the bulldozers has ‘KKL’ written on it.
  • Best Known For The Fan Disservice: Just try to find a discussion of the film that doesn't lead to "magic testicles".
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Project Spectre and the Tanukis' last stand. To a lesser extent when they rob the theme park owner who stole the credit for Project Spectre.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: It IS a Studio Ghibli film, after all.
    • The song the Tanuki sing at the ending and over the credits, roughly translating to "Always Someone Will." Especially poignant considering what they've just been through.
  • Never Live It Down: Magic. Raccoon (Technically Raccoon Dogs, but Americans don't even know what the frick those are). Testicles. Makes sense in Japan, but anywhere else...
  • Tear Jerker: Most of the Tanuki who cannot transform form a dancing cult and then "sail away" to paradise, e.g. certain death.
    • In the epilogue, some of the Tanuki and Gonta's wife (in human form) pay their respects at Gonta's grave
    • The Tanuki making one last stand, when it's already too late, combining their magic to turn their home back to the way it was for just a moment.