R.I.P. Isao Takahata


Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata has passed away at the age of 82 yesterday. Takahata had a distinguished career as a producer, director, and animator starting with Toei Animation in 1959, where he met his longtime collaborator, and fellow animator Hayao Miyazaki, with whom he founded Studio Ghibli alongside Toshio Suzuki.

Takahata was the director of many Ghibli classics such as the heartbreaking Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor the Yamadas, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. His impact on the animation industry, and proving that animation can be a storytelling tool for any use will be felt for generations.


GKIDS Takes Over U.S. Distribution for Studio Ghibli


In a shocking move, Disney has pulled out of U.S. distribution for the popular Studio Ghibli animated films, 20 years after the initial landmark deal. New York-based distributor GKIDS now has sole rights to Ghibli’s catalog in America, with the exceptions of 2013’s The Wind Rises and Grave of the Fireflies. Disney will continue distribution in European territories, however.

GKIDS has earlier in the year made lesser-known Studio Ghibli titles Oceans Waves and Only Yesterday available on DVD and Blu-Ray. They will also distribute My Neighbor TotoroSpirited AwayPonyoHowl’s Moving CastleKiki’s Delivery ServicePrincess MononokeCastle in the Sky and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind on DVD and Blu-Ray in October, with My Neighbor the Yamadas available in early 2018.