Biography

Isao Takahata (October 29, 1935 - April 5, 2018), co-founder of Studio Ghibli, was one of the most famous directors of Japanese animated films. Unlike most anime directors, he did not draw and never worked as an animator before becoming a director.

For the first two decades of his career from the 1960s to the 1980s, Takahata worked primarily as director for anime television. In 1985 he and his long-time collaborative partner Hayao Miyazaki formed Studio Ghibli with Toshio Suzuki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma. From that point, his career transitioned into producing, directing, and writing films for Studio Ghibli. He is known for his five feature length anime films released under Ghibli, Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Only Yesterday (1991), Pom Poko (1994), My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013).

Isao Takahata (October 29, 1935 - April 5, 2018), co-founder of Studio Ghibli, was one of the most famous directors of Japanese animated films. Unlike most anime directors, he did not draw and never worked as an animator before becoming a director.

For the first two decades of his career from the 1960s to the 1980s, Takahata worked primarily as director for anime television. In 1985 he and his long-time collaborative partner Hayao Miyazaki formed Studio Ghibli with Toshio Suzuki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma. From that point, his career transitioned into producing, directing, and writing films for Studio Ghibli. He is known for his five feature length anime films released under Ghibli, Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Only Yesterday (1991), Pom Poko (1994), My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013).

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 33

Birthday 1935-10-29

Day of Death 2018-04-05

Place of Birth Ujiyamada, Mie prefecture, Japan

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Also Known As

  • Такахата Исао
  • 高畑勲
  • たかはた いさお

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2014 Anne of Green Gables Digest Version Director
2013 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Director
2010 Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables Director
2003 Winter Days Director
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas Director
1994 Pom Poko Director
1991 Only Yesterday Director
1988 Grave of the Fireflies Director
1987 The Story of Yanagawa's Canals Director
1982 Gauche the Cellist Director
1981 Chie the Brat Director
1979 Heidi, Girl of the Alps Director
1979 Anne of Green Gables (50 episodes)Director
1979 Ana de las Tejas Verdes Director
1978 Conan, the Boy in Future (2 episodes)Director
1976 From the Apennines to the Andes (52 episodes)Director
1974 Heidi in the Mountains Director
1973 Panda! Go Panda!: Rainy Day Circus Director
1972 Panda! Go Panda! Director
1971 Lupin the Third (23 episodes)Director
1968 Horus, Prince of the Sun Director
1963 The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon Assistant Director

Writing

2013 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Screenplay Story
2010 Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables Writer
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas Writer
1994 Pom Poko Screenplay
1991 Only Yesterday Writer
1988 Grave of the Fireflies Screenplay
1987 The Story of Yanagawa's Canals Writer
1982 Gauche the Cellist Screenplay
1981 Chie the Brat Writer
1979 Anne of Green Gables (50 episodes)Screenplay (50 episodes)Writer

Acting

2013 The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness as Himself
2013 Isao Takahata and His Tale of the Princess Kaguya as Himself
2007 Oga Kazuo Exhibition: Ghibli No Eshokunin - The One Who Painted Totoro's Forest
2005 Hayao Miyazaki and the Ghibli Museum as Himself
2004 Yasuo Otsuka's Joy of Motion
1988 My Heart Travels the World: Isao Takahata as Himself

Production

2016 The Red Turtle Other
1986 Castle in the Sky Producer
1984 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Producer

Crew

2010 Toy Story 3 Thanks

Creator

1974 Heidi, Girl of the Alps Creator

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