is a 1994 Japanese animated comedy-drama fantasy film directed by Isao Takahata, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network and Hakuhodo, and distributed by Toho.
The story begins in late 1960s Japan. A group of tanuki are threatened by a gigantic suburban development project called New Tama, in the Tama Hills on the outskirts of Tokyo. The development is cutting into their forest habitat and dividing their land. The story resumes in early 1990s Japan, during the early years of the Heisei era. With limited living space and food decreasing every year, the tanuki begin fighting among themselves for the diminishing resources, but at the urging of the matriarch Oroku, they decide to unify to stop the development.
|award||Mainichi Film Award|
|contentLocation||Tama New Town|
|events||habitat destruction Japanese mythology Tanuki|
|keywords||addresses the viewer amusement park buddhism in japan buddhist claim coming home construction worker cult cut dementia early years eco-terrorism fight fourth wall gather ghost parade golf course haunt heisei era hyakki yagyō kitsune living space new tama one by one publicity stunt raigō sail senile shikoku tama hills theme park tokyo|
|musicBy||Shang Shang Typhoon|
|theme||animated anime dance japanese shapeshifting supernatural urban|