Japanese anime film director Isao Takahata Expires at 82

06 April, 2018, 18:23 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Studio Ghibli Icon, Isao Takahata, Dies at 82

As reported by The Telegraph, the legendary animator's health has been in a steady decline since he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Takahata was a graduate of the University of Tokyo and initially worked at Toei, one of Japan's major film and animation studios.

Paying tribute on Twitter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich wrote: "Really sad to hear about the passing of Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli". After producing classics like Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro, and breaking box office records in their homeland, the studio broke through to the West when Spirited Away won the Oscar for best animated movie in 2003.

Mr. Takahata co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 along with Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, and has been involved with the studio since its inception.

Studio Ghibli is responsible for some of the most handsome and popular animated features ever made. The studio continued this practice despite the rise in popularity of digital filmmaking techniques and computer generated graphics (CGI). Inspired by the director's own experiences, the film's emotional heft lies in its unblinking assessment of the ravages of war. He directed "Grave of the Fireflies", a tragic tale about war time childhood.

In 2014, Takahata received an honorary award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival for his contribution to the industry.

His latest and most recent work The Tale of Princess Kaguya was critically acclaimed for its making and content.

Takahata took a long break from animation after the commercial failure of My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999).

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