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Panda Petit Panda (Panda Kopanda)

Published on 27/04/2011 - Edition 2011

Discover the debut of two major Japanese animation directors: Hayao MIYAZAKI and Isao TAKAHATA thanks to Panda Petit Panda (Panda Kopanda) showed at Japan Expo!

DVD to be released in France on July 6




The young orphan Mimiko lives at her grandmother’s. As the latter is going away for a few days, a baby panda and his dad, who have escaped from a nearby zoo, enter the house... and settle there. All three of them soon become best friends... even if the baby panda is used to getting into mischief: he spreads panic in the school dining hall, almost drowns into the river...

Until one day he discovers an intruder lying in his bed: a tiger who got lost away from his circus. That’s how Mimiko and the two pandas bring him back to his mum and they spend a wonderful time with the circus people, even saving the animals from the flood.

All this is worth a beautiful parade in the streets of the city for the children’s delight!


The genesis of the project


Panda Kopanda began with an idea by Isao TAKAHATA who discussed it at length with Hayao MIYAZAKI before shaping it. The A pro studio, for which both men were working at the time, refuses the project. They got some help from destiny when, on September 29, 1972, China and Japan started again diplomatic relations and a couple of pandas was offered by China to Japan. Almost unknown from the Japanese till then, panda became very fashionable when the animals arrived and settled in Ueno zoo in Tôkyô. The project was then launched again!

Director: Isao TAKAHATA (Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbors the Yamada, Gauche the Cellist, Hols: Prince of the Sun, Chie the Brat, Pom Poko)

Scriptwriter and animator: Hayao MIYAZAKI (My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Ponyo)




Hayao MIYAZAKI and Isao TAKAHATA met in the 60s, as they were both working for Toei animation studio. Then they both joined the studio A productions.

In 1984, Isao TAKAHATA produced Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, directed by Hayao MIYAZAKI. Thanks to its success, they decided, with Tokuma SHOTEN, the producer of Castle in the Sky, to create the studio Ghibli in 1985. The studio produced their respective movies. Today, each new release of the studio Ghibli is expected worldwide and the studio is a proof of quality.


Meet the Guest

  • Panda Kopanda Sunday 03 July, 13h45-15h15, Video room
    By Hayao MIYAZAKI and Isao TAKAHATA

Associated themes

  • Anime