The Beloved Animated Film Directed by Isao Takahata and Written by Hayao Miyazaki Arrives on Blu-Ray™ and DVD from GKIDS on June 21, 2022
The delightful animated film, Panda! Go Panda!, will be available in a Blu-Ray™ + DVD combo from GKIDS, distributed by Shout! Factory, on June 21, 2022. Included in the upcoming release are both Panda! Go Panda! (1972), Rainy Day Circus (1973), and tons of special features, released collectively as Panda! Go Panda! With these bonus features, a conversation between the film’s director, Academy Award ® nominated Isao Takahata, and the film’s writer, Academy Award ® winner Hayao Miyazaki, will be made available for the first time in North America. Fans of this release can pre-order now at GKIDS.com and ShoutFactory.com.
First known as Panda Kopanda (translation: Panda, Baby Panda), it initially premiered in Japan at the height of the panda craze in September 1972. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Panda! Go Panda! is a charming early-career classic from animation legends Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki before they went on to co-found the legendary Studio Ghibli.
Mimiko is a cheerful, young girl who is left on her own while her grandmother is away. When little Panny Panda and his father Papanda stumble into her home, Mimiko welcomes them in as her new family. Adventures ensue as Mimiko discovers the challenges of taking care of her new cuddly friends.
- “From Mimi to Heidi, From Papanda to Totoro” Interview
- Panda! Go Panda! Exhibit ~ The Impact of Hayao Miyazaki’s Image Boards ~
- Conversation with Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki in 1994
- Trailers and Previews