Panda Go Panda

Japan Release: 1972
Running Time:
35 minutes

Panda! Go Panda!

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A young girl named Mimiko lives all alone with her grandmother near a bamboo grove. Her grandma decides to make a trip for her husband's funeral, leaving the small girl on her own in the house. Alone, Mimiko discovers a talking baby panda, called Pan, in her garden along with its papa. Seeing their dynamic, Mimiko mentions that she never had parents of her own. Shocked by this revelation, Papa Panda insists he adopt the girl as his own daughter. Excited, Mimiko agrees, although on the condition that she gets to be Pan's mother. The trio set out to live what Mimiko feels is normal, suburban life, although she struggles to raise Pan who insistently follows her, including to school...


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International Title


Initial US Title

Panda! Go Panda!
US Distributor: Pioneer (2000) / Time: 75 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Panda Go Panda
[Literal translation]

The Adventures of Panda and Friends



Directed by Isao Takahata
Writing credits Hayao Miyazaki
Produced by Shunzo Kato, Hiroshi Murakami, Yoshifusa Sanada
Music by Masahiko Sato, Ado Mizumori
Cinematography by Tatsumasa Shimizu
Film Editing by Kazuo Inoue
Production Design by Hisao Fukuda, Shichiro Kobayashi
Assistant Directors Tetsuo Kumazaki, Toshitsugu Mukaitsubo
Mimiko Kazuko Sugiyama
Papa Panda Kazuo Kumakura
Pan, Baby Panda Yoshiko Ota
Nana Kazuko Yanaga
Police Officer Yasuo Yamada
Zoo Director Ayao Wada
Nana Hiroko Maruyama
Cayo Yoneko Matsukane
Bully Osamu Ichikawa
Teacher Eken Mine
Grandma Reiko Seno
Grocer Terue Nunami
General Store Owner Tetsuya Kaji
- Yoko Yamaoka


DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Panda! Go Panda! Pioneer (2000) Order
United States Region 1 Panda! Go Panda! Geneon (2005) Order
United States Region 1 Panda! Go Panda! Discotek (2012) Order

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Anthony Romero Star Rating
December 20, 2016