Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Studio Ghibli co-founder and animation legend Isao Takahata dies at 82

Studio Ghibli co-founder and animation legend Isao Takahata dies at 82

Throughout his career Takahata worked on more than 20 films, earning him global acclaim, including "Only Yesterday" and "My Neighbors the Yamadas".

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

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata has died at the age of 82.

With more complex and occasionally more violent plots than depicted in the average Disney cartoon film, these films have at times confused audiences outside Japan, who largely consider animation to be primarily for young children. The studio's films also deal with powerful and emotional topics such as environmentalist and the harsh realities of war. The latter film hit theaters only a handful of years ago, back in 2013, and it made a splash as the most expensive Japanese film to date, with its budget of $49.3 million.

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What's your favorite work from Takahata? NHK have reported that he died in an Tokyo hospital after a bout of ill health.

He directed films such as the grim, war-themed Grave of the Fireflies, the romantic drama Only Yesterday, the ecological adventure Pom Poko, and the comedy My Neighbors the Yamadas.

A native of Mie Prefecture, Takahata won acclaim for directing the popular cartoon TV series "Lupin III" and "Heidi, Girl of the Alps", among others. During his career he produced around 20 films, including Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and he was also the music director for several films, including Kiki's Delivery Service.

The studio will hold a "farewell ceremony" on May 15.

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