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Isao Takahata and His Tale of the Princess Kaguya


Akira Miki & Hidekazu Sato

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About the Movie

Part 1 (approx. 43 minutes) Animation director Isao Takahata embarks on production of "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya", his first film in 14 years. The first half of the documentary covers the process by which he came to take on the project, the pre-recording of the character voices, and the reasons behind the establishment of "Ghibli Studio 7", a facility set up to meet the demands of a new type of animation that does not fit easily into the traditional Ghibli animation process. Deriving characters from the recorded voices, the production gets underway, but quickly falls behind schedule. Part 2 (approx. 43 minutes) Production on "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" is already well behind schedule when director Isao Takahata decides on composer Joe Hisaishi to score the film's soundtrack, and singer Kazumi Nikaido for the theme song. With a third of the film's storyboards remaining to be done, producer Yoshiaki Nishimura suspends all other activities while Takahata and Storyboard Artist Osamu Tanabe work through the New Year's holiday. A simultaneous release with Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" is abandoned, and the staff works frantically to meet the new date, now set for November 2013.

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Takahata and his tale of the Princess Kaguya

Fascinating behind the scenes look at: Takahata's creative process (voices first, then drawings), how the music was composed (and recomposed) fit to each image, and how watercolor paintings (instead of the usual gouache or straight computer animation) were turned into 3D animated backgrounds. A few slow spots, not as seamlessly produced as Miazaki's documentary on the making of The Wind Rises, but very true to this artist and his wildly different methods.

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