Isao Takahata, the co-founder of the legendary Japanese animation house has passed away aged 82.
Born in Mie prefecture in central Japan, Takahata survived a major air raid on Okayama when he was nine years old.
After studying French literature at university, Takahata enjoyed a long relationship with France and was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters honour in recognition of his work in 2015.
Takahata made his debut as a director of anime in 1968 with Toei Animation's Horus: Prince of the Sun.
Studio Ghibli is well known for producing films that utilize hand-drawn manga-styled animations. Mr. Takahata (1935-2018) worked on many Japanese anime series including Heidi, Girl of the Alps, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, Future Boy Conan, and Anne of Green Gables. A huge success the world over, Heidi was dubbed into approximately 20 languages, including Telugu and Tamil.
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Isao Takahata died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement Friday.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988).
"He directed Grave Of The Fireflies, a tragic tale about wartime childhood, and produced some of the studio's films, including Miyazaki's 1984 Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind", which tells the horror of environmental disaster through a story about a princess.
While many may recognise Studio Ghibli for the imaginative genius of Hayao Miyazaki, it is through his own merit that the lovely, breathtaking humanity that Isao Takahata brought to his films will endure and continue to be celebrated now and forevermore. He returned with his fifth and final film for Studio Ghibli in 2013 with the visually gorgeous and thematically rich The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, adapted from an ancient fairytale about a foundling child, explores the lead's personal conflict against the oppressive society she lives in.