The famous Japanese director, screenwriter, and producer and co-founder of the well acclaimed animation house ‘Studio Ghibli’, died on Thursday. He was 82.
Takahata, who recognized for his direction in the 1988 film ‘Grave of the Fireflies’, passed away at a Tokyo hospital. Takahata had been battling with lung cancer which caused his demise.
Along with prominent director Hayao Miyazaki, Takahata founded Studio Ghibli, which reached it grips on a global scale becoming a prominent influential animation house worldwide. The studio became internationally known for such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), and Spirited Away (2001), which was awarded best animated feature at the 2003 Academy Awards
Takahata who is born in 1935, began his career at Toei animation studio in 1959, which is where he met Miyazaki, according to Japan Today. Takahata directed some 30 films and television series in his lifetime, but it was ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ that won him the highest accreditation. Based on Takahata’s own childhood, the film unveils the struggle of two siblings striving to survive after the American bombing of Kobe in World War II. The movie has ‘Rotten tomato’ rating of 97% and ‘IMDB’ grading of 8.6, keeping it in par with the competition of classic Hollywood blockbusters as well.