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Isao Takahata is an acclaimed director/producer of anime films, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, and long-time collaborator of Hayao Miyazaki.
Isao Takahata is a director and producer of anime films, including Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and Chie the Brat.
Takahata entered Toei Animation as something of a lark, and it took him some time to to work his way up to directing a project due to competition within the company. He was finally given the directorship of a film called Hols: Prince of the Sun, which was a commercial failure, leading to his demotion. In 1971 Takahata left Toei to work on an anime film of Pippi Longstockings, along with his long-time collaborator, Hayao Miyazaki. They were unable to acquire the rights necessary to pull the film together, but both men were able to work on episodes of the new Lupin III TV series.
Also in 1971, the pair were given the opportunity to make an anime film based on the novel Heidi, resulting in the anime film Heidi, Girl of the Alps.
Takahata and Miyazaki founded Studio Ghibli in 1985.