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Studio Ghibli Takahata and Other Classics

The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) JapanThe latest film from Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli is The Cat Returns, an enchanting fantasy adventure tale following the fortunes of Haru, a young girl who is drawn into the secret world of cats.Walking home from school with her closest friend ... Read more
My Neighbors the Yamadas (Ho-hokekyo Tonari no Yamada Kun) JapanUtterly distinct from standard Studio Ghibli animation, My Neighbors the Yamadas consists of rough sketches in outline form, with soft colours reminiscent of watercolour painting. As opposed to the often mystical nature of many Studio ... Read more
Only Yesterday (Omoide Proporo) JapanStudio Ghibli co-founder Takahata Isao's second film as director for the animation company was the instant classic Only Yesterday. The biggest Japanese box-office hit of 1991, Only Yesterday cemented Studio Ghibli's reputation for artistic excellence.Okajima ... Read more
Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko) JapanJapan's top box-office hit of 1994, the wonderfully inventive Pom Poko, saw Studio Ghibli introduce digital animation techniques to their films. Takahata Isao's second film for Ghibli is an allegorical tale starring a cast of rascally critters called ... Read more
Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo Sumaseba) JapanWhisper of the Heart is an entrancing and heartfelt masterpiece written by Studio Ghibli co-founder Miyazaki Hayao, the creative genius behind Spirited Away, and directed by Princess Mononoke animation director, Kondo Yoshifumi .Tsukishima Shizuku is a ... Read more
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