Panda! Go, Panda!

Panda! Go, Panda!

is a Japanese animated film, first released in 1972. It was written and created by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Isao Takahata, predating Studio Ghibli. This short movie hit Japan at the height of panda madness, when China began lending its treasured giant pandas to Japan and the United States.

The plot follows Mimiko, a bright little girl left alone when her grandmother leaves on a trip. She comes home to her house in a bamboo grove to find a baby panda. His father soon comes to visit and they decide to become a family. The three have adventures which are continued in another short movie from the same staff, .

The pandas of Panda! Go, Panda! are considered precursors of the Totoros, while the spunky red-headed heroine, Mimiko, is seen as a prototype Mei, the younger sister in Totoro.

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