Oct 24, 2013

Studio Ghibli's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

After nearly 14-years, Studio Ghiblio co-founder Isao Takahata is returning with his first film since the release of My Neighbors the Yamadas. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a retelling of the Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (an ancient tale telling the story of a baby found in a bamboo forest) and features an art and animation style similar to that seen in the Heian period of Japan. The style of animation lends itself incredibly well to character movement, giving a wind-like quality to their actions and a painterly feel to the world's environment.

After Miyazaki's announced retirement, it's soothing to see that other members of Ghibli are taking on the task of continuing the studio's animation legacy. Takahata's work has always done a phenomenal job at balancing a fine line between harsh reality and fantasy, which The Tale of Princess Kaguya looks to be continuing with. The film releases November 23rd in Japan with no international release date set as of now.

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