Magazine article Variety

Animation Pioneer Honored at Annies

Magazine article Variety

Animation Pioneer Honored at Annies

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Though you'd be hardpressed to get him to admit it, Japanese animator Isao Takahata is one of the most influential artists in the medium, alongside his longtime collaborator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. His career reached a pinnacle last year when his film "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" was nominated for an animated feature Oscar. He will be honored with the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement alongside Phil Roman and the late Joe Ranft at the Annie Awards.

Takahata and Miyazaki first worked together at the Toei Animation Co., where Takahata directed his first feature, "The Little Norse Prince" (1968), which he says represents both the high and low points of his career. Toei insisted the film be marketed to young children instead of teens and young adults; it failed at the box office and he was demoted. But "as the years passed, appreciation for this film steadily rose," he says. …

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