As the human city development encroaches on the raccoon dog population's forest and meadow habitat, the raccoon dogs find themselves faced with the very real possibility of extinction. In response, the raccoon dogs engage in a desperate struggle to stop the construction and preserve their home. Written by
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Did You Know?
As the tanuki fly off in a train of spirits and ghosts, immediately before beginning project "Poltergeist", images characters from other Ghibli works can be seen, including that of Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service
(1989), Porco Roso's Seaplane from Porco Rosso
(1992), Totoro on his top from My Neighbor Totoro
(1988), and young Taeko from Only Yesterday
(1991) can be seen flying just above the winged skeleton. See more
The English-dubbed version incorrectly refers to the tanuki as "raccoons". Tanuki are actually "raccoon dogs" - they are in the canid branch of mammals. See more
They used their balls as weapons in a brave kamikaze attack.