The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguyahime no monogatari, 2013)

The Tale of Princess Kaguya is the latest and purportedly last film from Studio Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata. (We’ll see if Takahata is better at following through on his retirement announcement than his partner Hayao Miyazaki has been.) The source … Continue reading

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka, 1988)

I’d long heard that this movie was a punch in the gut, and it certainly lived up to its reputation. Director Isao Takahata is a co-founder of Studio Ghibli, along with Hiyao Miyazaki, and Grave of the Fireflies is utterly … Continue reading

Panda Kopanda (1972 & 1973)

As part of my latest Hayao Miyazaki freak-out, I’ve discovered two relatively early short films written and animated by Miyazaki and directed by his Studio Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata. Panda! Go Panda! (1972) is about a young girl orphan living … Continue reading