Top 8 points on what I like on Isao Takahata

An anime director, Hayao Miyazaki’s very best friend, and the co-founder of Studio Ghibli. For he was one of my favourites like Hayao Miyazaki.

Isao Takahata. I really love this anime director, as a big fan of Studio Ghibli. And his masterpieces, from “Panda! Go Panda” to “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, they were remarkable. In this list, these are the top 8 points on what I like on Isao Takahata.

Warning: I was gonna do a ‘top 10’ list, but due to less info that I found out, in which are true or false, it lead me no choice but to create a ‘top 8’ list.

8. A Remarkable Artist. From his early days at the University of Tokyo to his massive career in Japanese animation, most of his work were hand drawn in any direction. For only two of them were like in a Japanese painting for how ‘Kaguya’ and ‘My Neighbors The Yamadas’ were. The rest that he did, before and after he got himself into Studio Ghibli, were beautiful. Especially when he had the help of Hayao Miyazaki, his kind friend.

7. Story Approach. Nearly for how Stanley Kubrick was, some of his work were nearly based on famous novels. For he did “Anne of the Green Gables”, “Heidi, Girl of the Alps”, “Grave of the Fireflies”, and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”. He had to read about them first, before making them into anime masterpieces. “Pom Poko” however, was only based on Japanese folklore. Not based on a novel. I didn’t mind that, but Isao Takahata was really clever.

6. Meeting With Miyazaki. Isao Takahata met Hayao Miyazaki for the first time, when they were both animator employees at Toei Animation in the late 1960’s. Until they left together in 1971. Yōichi Kotabe too as he helped them out, several years before working on those Pokémon movies. By working on Japanese animated movies, and TV shows as their early work, they would have a number of storyboards in their offices. Painted ones too before getting to work.

5. The Birth of Studio Ghibli. After they worked on “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” together in 1984, Isao Takahata with Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, have co-founded Studio Ghibli in June of 1985. Most of their work that they did, year by year, have impressed the fans, especially when their masterpieces have came to North America. American film critic Roger Ebert however, was very impressed on one of his masterpieces. He wrote amazing reviews on him.

4. His Interesting Themes. Isao Takahata has always looked on the bright side of life mostly, and how he does his work remarkably. Set the countryside and cities in the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s, several years in the future, and how Ancient Japan was long ago. He only was on the dark side of life a bit, when he only did “Grave of the Fireflies” that took place in the final days of the Second World War against Japan. Dark, sad, and heartbreaking, his masterpiece no wonder became critically acclaimed like how “Princess Mononoke” did.

3. Keeping It Old School. Isao Takahata had never ever used a computer to create CGI animation in Japan. He prefers to do his animated work by hand, back for what he did in the glory old days. Cause he thinks that they are lousy at some point. He did had a few computers to help finish his work, back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. But he preferred to do his work by keeping it old school. And I guarantee to be old school like him. Especially if I need to do my drawing characters by hand.

2. The English Cast Members. From GKIDS that has been helping him on his Studio Ghibli movies, the English cast members have talked about him. On how remarkable he was, and how they loved the roles that they did. Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel that portrayed Taeko and Toshio in “Only Yesterday”, J.K. Simmons and Clancy Brown as two of the talking raccoons in “Pom Poko”, and James Caan with Mary Steenburgen who were the bamboo cutter and his wife in “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”. Whoever knew that they had such talent, rather than the shitty and dark side of movies and TV shows?

1. Oscar Awards. Isao Takahata was very proud of Hayao Miyazaki, that his masterpiece “Spirited Away”, had won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. By the time that he was retiring in the early 2010’s, his farewell and final masterpiece, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, became his only Japanese animated film to make it into the Oscar awards. Thanks to Studio Ghibli and GKIDS. Never got into the Golden Globe Awards. His very final masterpiece had tried to win that Oscar award, for Best Animated Feature Film. Unfortunately was left out Oscar nominated, if it weren’t for the voters of the Academy. And I do feel very sorry for him really. Especially on what happened on the day that he died. Every anime fan mourned him.

Do you agree with my list? Cause for a favourite film director, I will not let one to go down in history, left out Oscar nominated since him and Stanley Kubrick.

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