Buta Connection has just reported that Panda Kopanda and Panda Kopanda & the Rainy-Day Circus will be released to theaters October 14 in France. Here is the new movie poster, which looks terrific.
Panda Kopanda was created in the wake of Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki's Pipi Longstockings project was scuttled, and most of the old gang from Toei was on hand to contribute as well. The freewheeling atmosphere is clearly visable on the screen, and both Panda shorts have a peaceful, lighthearted feel that points back to Toei Doga, and forward to Heidi and, much later, My Neighbor Totoro.
Also included in the production team was a young 23-year-old Yoshifumi Kondo, who was discovered on Lupin III. He would become a crucial partner for both Miyazaki and Takahata, on Future Boy Conan, the second Lupin III series, Castle of Cagliostro, Anne of Green Gables, and Sherlock Hound. In 1984, Kondo directed the Nemo pilot, a true anime masterpiece, and later migrated to Studio Ghibli, where his success is well known.