Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata passes away

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Together with Toshio Suzuki they co-founded Studio Ghibli back in 1985, and the rest, as they say, is history. The company is responsible for creating popular anime films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and Grave of the Fireflies. "There were lots of things he wanted to do."Takahata died of lung cancer on Thursday, the studio said".

While Hayao Miyazaki remained the best known director at Ghibli, Isao Takahata made some of the studio's most beloved movies.

Filmmaker and co-founder of Japanese animation production house Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata died at the age of 82 after suffering from a recent bout of ill health.

In 1959, Takahata kickstarted his career working at the Toei animation studio, where he met future collaborator and friendly rival Miyazaki. Takahata confessed to an nearly love-hate relationship with Miyazaki because their works were so different.

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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. The film was nominated for the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Animated Feature category. It turned out to be the final film he would direct.

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. In 1988, Takahata directed "Hotaru no Haka", a film adaptation of a story written by Akiyuki Nosaka in which the director skilfully depicted the tragedies of war. His extensive TV credits included the 1970s series Heidi, Girl of the Alps, based on the novel by Swiss author Johanna Spyri.

The legendary's animators last film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, was released in 2013.

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