Review of “Panda! Go Panda!” (1972)

Moving picture, 35 minutes

Ōtsuka Yasuo (animation director), Takahata Isao (director), Miyazaki Hayao (writer).

An orphaned little girl sees her grandmother off at the train station and prepares to live alone for a while, which doesn’t bother her. She finds two pandas, who have not so much run as strolled away from the zoo, and let them move in.

Children’s fable. Shallow and naïve, with cheap animation.

References here: Ghibli movie titles, “Princess Mononoke: The First Story” (1980), My Neighbor Totoro (1988).

animation fiction Japanese production moving picture