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50th Anniversary Release of Anime Classic ‘Panda! Go Panda!’ Due on Disc June 21

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced the June 21 release of Panda! Go Panda!, a 1972 Japanese animated children’s film directed by Isao Takahata and written by Hayao Miyazaki.

Timed to its 50th anniversary, the film will be available in a Blu-ray Disc with DVD combo pack and will include the 1973 release Rainy Day Circus, where the story continues.

Panda! Go Panda! follows the story of a cheerful young girl named Mimiko, 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 friends.

Making its North American debut, the film comes with special features including the “From Mimi to Heidi, From Papanda to Totoro” interview, “Panda! Go Panda! Exhibit — The Impact of Hayao Miyazaki’s Image Boards,” a 1994 conversation with Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, trailers, and previews.

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