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Discotek Adds Isao Takahata's Panda! Go Panda! Anime (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
1972 family film from director who would later co-found Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki

The North American anime distributor Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that it licensed the anime film Panda! Go, Panda! for release next year.

Isao Takahata directed the 1972 family film Panda! Go, Panda! and the 1973 film Panda! Go, Panda!: Rainy Day Circus at Tokyo Movie before going on to co-found Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki and direct Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, and Pom Poko. Miyazaki came up with the original concept for the first film and wrote both films.

Discotek did not specify if it licensed both Panda! Go, Panda! films.

Geneon Entertainment previously released both films in North America on one DVD in 2000 and then the company re-released the films on DVD as a part of the its "Signature Series" in 2004.

Image © TMS

Update: More information added.

Update 2: Previous release information added.

Update 3: Discotek Media confirmed on Tuesday that it will release both Panda! Go, Panda! anime films. Thanks to Tratious for the news tip.

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