The man behind GHIBLI that doesn't get enough respect
Now a lot of ways esau Takahata is the opposite to miyazaki, he'd walk into work seconds from being late with a piece of bread in his mouth and tap, water in hand the, kind of guy who wanders, off into his own world if you didn't keep an eye on him he, later finding him taking, a nap clasping. Half-open, pack of cigarettes that's, not to discredit ezel, his, films hit a level of pristine that only comes from breaking all your deadlines which. Is funny considering Takahata fell into the animation business he, was a graduate, of French, literature, granted. Through his degree he was introduced, to mr. wander bird the film that instilled with him a fascination, towards animation. Leading. To his application. At Towey where taça heart became an assistant director gained, the respect of his peers as, time would pass including. One in particular that, he met through his joint involvement at the labor union Miyazaki. Who would soon become his partner in crime yes. Ouch suka had given esau a shot, of making a name for himself as a director, with big aspirations Takahata. And his team plan, to change animation. At Toa what, they delivered, was a critically, acclaimed classic. By even I've sang the praises of on more, than one occasion. Reflecting. On the student rebellion, mentality, of the 60s, socialist. Themes of collectivism, as well. As one of the most complex female characters, we'd seen from that era Hilda, so. With. This film we the one that brought ease out of prominence winning, him the respect of the whole industry. Not. A chance, Horace, printed the son went, through production hell exceeded, its budget and bombed tower. Ostracize, Takahata selling him all the way back to assistant, directing until he decided to leave the company altogether as, tensions. Would rise Miyazaki. Ford in. 1971. There, was an opportunity in, Stockholm, the boys. Were. In talks at a productions, to adapt famous, Swedish tale PP longstockings, takahata's. Described, PP as a bomb free, children's, minds, to be just as they were this. Was a dream job for the both of them Miyazaki. Even traveled to Europe to delegate the terms doing. Research on the way they. Had a team back in Japan with Yoshi Kota Bay and yeah saw Otsuka working. On the pre-production creating. Character the science lay out some concept art this, would be takahata's, redemption, project, if it. Were ever greenlit buyers the. Author refused, a proposal all, the work was for nothing. Until. Takahata's. Pitched they reused, the concepts, for a new project that preyed, on the Panda boom of Japan at the time they. Take the failure, of pipi Longstocking z' and turn it into its own short, film go, panda go deeming, children's entertainment, too loud and flashy Takahata.
And The gang wanted to make something slower. And more, intimate, this, began ease as flirtation with the slice of life genre while. Serene panda could also be, wacky with it's nonsensical, premise, a panda. Dad and son, becoming meme echoes surrogate. Family this, only gets more extreme by the second Shore the, shorts themselves, were well put together but might be more interesting, in retrospect, for what they would. Inspire, further down the line as concepts. From go panda go were expanded, upon and revisited, like in takahata's next, project, Heidi, girl, of the Alps which, was based on the Swiss novel of the same name, he's, also hide his life as the perfect, childhood in comparison, to his own making. The story summit he'd be happy to indulge in, as it takes ideas from panda but more grounded. Focus on the intricate, movements of, these characters, bring. Them to life with, takahata's, objective. Realism, philosophy. Inspired. By italian. Neorealists. French, new-wave and a zoo while, the list goes on all that focus on reality you, know and interpersonal, relationships, ease, out characters aren't vessels, for the audience they're pulled back and perfect. Sometimes, traveled people Takahata. Compares, this process, to making a documentary, trying, not to uncertainly, scenes that would make the movie feel fake lb, does this by creating a rhythm to the characters everyday schedule, so when the occasional tense moment, or human drama breaks out it, draws you in for, seventies. Anime, working, within the limitations, of TV it, not only pushed the medium further we, gave a satisfying, adaption, of the, source material now. This must be ease out retribution for. His team's dedication, of course. Not the only reward the team got was apathy, as the production tanked, leading. To their complete, restructure, despite, this Heidi. Is considered, a classic in Japan with. Hiyo calling, it his favorite show of takahata's, work Heidi, may not have been a financial success at, the time but, the ratings were good enough to spawn a new movement in anime world, masterpiece, theater so, Carter would continue working on these shows for the rest of the 70s. Working. Next on 3,000 lease and search for mother which became more dour series in comparison, to Heidi then, the power would move between shows until, Miyazaki. And takahata's team effort would lessen as hiyo, goes, off to prove himself as an individual, director, starting. With future. Boy Conan. Although, ezel would come in onto the show to, help with the storyboards, and directing, of a few episodes even. If he wasn't much of a part of the creative process you. Can tell where, his prior work inspired. The show as Conan incorporates, story beats from Horace, as well, as entire sequences, this split between them would go on to define the stars of content they'd create for the rest of their careers, Miyazaki's. More fantastical, worlds where, ezel was, keeping it small and personal like an Anne of Green Gables the last, world masterpiece, theater price, that he that would work on I had a refined visual flair thanks to the talents of Kondo, who worked on the animation and character designs.
For. Easels next, project, eat, approach link worlds, apart based. In Japan Osaka to be exact, known, as shade, the brat but in the West it's, called downtown story, this, is one of the few times I prefer the English title the, film focuses on cheese malfunctioning, family life however, as it goes the focus becomes less about her and more about a wider, friends, and family, how their relationships, change over time and the day to day experiences. It's. A story of the town which, is what drew Takahata in its earnestness, in its betrayal of the Osaka, lifestyle, so, he does a great job of capturing these characters, with. Their unpredictable, natures as you, watch the story unfold it takes turns you wouldn't expect as. A comedy it's cruder than takahata's, previous, work slapstick. And silly which, is refreshing to see after what came before I, call. It highlight for him all, that isn't talked about as much even. If it does have a mild. Obsession. With animal, testicles, but will it will see some more fana later, on. Ghosh. The cellist, this project speaks to ease out passions, taking six years to make he, develops his skills in building lucid, world's seen in this world masterpiece, fear to output or even as early as Horace it's. A new level and gosh it, can be surreal letting the emotions of the scene take over this visual style musical. Aspect flowing, with its animation using. Mickey mouse ting a technique where the characters movements, follow the audio while, keeping true to the characters minut routine it, tells you a lot about them of I haven't to say a word, while gosh was, well-received. It wasn't making waves with the public I can't, even buy an English copy online there. Is this nice region a lot bluer everyone, it pretty pricey though the, mid 80s were a point of transition for ezel he had developed an unfinished, version of, Little Nemo but. We can talk about that another day at, some point in the mid 80s, he would join Ghibli, which is where he resides, to this day at, Ghibli, his first project was not grave of the fireflies as, much might think but in fact a documentary the. Story of yon Ogawa is canals, he's, I went out to get research, for an title ghibli project burnstead became so invested. In the history of the town and the canals he, ended up making a three-hour documentary about it it was funded by the profits of Nausicaa you, get a feel for he's. Our wandering personality. As well as his passion for his own country's history every, film he would make it Ghibli after. This would be distinctly, Japanese and unique it's. Perhaps too long indulgent. And specific. For a wide audience, although. I don't think this is something that ezel. Worries, about then. This mentality Toccata seemed relieved as if to say I don't need to worry about making my films as commercial. Because, we have Miyazaki it seems to give him the freedom to mess, around which. Is evident in his career at Ghibli or, even the fact that he would a Galvez way to make. A non animated, film that so far out this comfort zone just for the hell of it, now. This one is the exception, to the rule grave of the fireflies did, well overseas, and has gained a reputation as one of the best animated films ever, made in. Japan. Has played on the TV every year at the celebration of the end of the war as well as in schools where, students, study it despite. Its impact this is one of toccata films where I'd wager it needs re-examining. Spoilers. First. Off credit to Takahata this is his. Most polished film at this point the. Animation is always on point it's fluent, and it's naturalistic, movements, and the, direction is solid as well but. The problem seep in is towards. The characters. And writing is a step down from what came before I'm. Sure as a post-war, kid who, experienced, bombing firsthand the story of Grover the fireflies, must, have resonated with Takahata so. When the best scenes in the film, are at the start where the town is in cinder a bombed something, that happened to takahata's, own town however. The stilted character interactions, afterwards, ko offers Oscar, bait like, Satan. Never gets frustrated, with his sister, and rarely lets down his facade even, as his mother dies in the Bleak moments afterwards he's trying to do tricks to calm down his sister will, flips and the, violins, just they swell up Hulsing, films, constructed.
To Be emotional. The, ward nominations, rising, with the orchestra, most. Of the sibling scenes paint, this picture, of wondrous. Youth. Naivete. To. Build a sadder conclusion, in the end yet, when compared to other war films like barefoot gen grapes childhood, scenes Phil they feel inauthentic. In his defense I will say, Setsuko his portrayal is much. Better than only the other characters, in the Japanese dub they were able to get a real, four-year-old girl to play the role and her actions performance, ring true to the whole film without, this performance, the basis of the film would crumble but I'll get back to that a little later well. The ant is OneNote my, biggest problem with the film is the, character, of seitan. There's, no introspection. In his decisions, as they become more extreme, despite. The fact that he's living a stone's throw away from his aunt he, never reconsiders. Going back and asking forgiveness, is, even, brought within, the narrative by, the farmer, how he's willing to steal when, he still has money in the bank never. Attempts to find a real job and after the doctor tells him that his sister is very ill and malnourished, he still wouldn't apologize, to his art it, all left me frustrated, with the character, but, Steven you say it's, based on a true story so, this must, be intentional. Well, I hate to burst your bubble but grave of the fireflies is a lie it's, a romanticism. Of events, that were not as poetic where, the author ate, and her sister starved, he had to live with that guilt for the rest of his life they, call it pay folks profiting. Off your own tragedy, and turning. It into a double suicide play. A bit, tasteless, in my eyes in. His defense the creator did say that. The book was supposed to be in honor of sister's, memory but. Some of his other comments, he's made. Make. Me question that. Yeah. Yeah. There. Are some readings of the film that would argue that sizes actions, are a criticism, to, Japan, to blind patriotism, yet. Several instance during the film contradict, this so itit does talk about his, admiration, to his father and how he was going to shoot down the bad people although as a character, he is presented, as unpatriotic, and, lazy by his art and others for not doing them his part to help along, with his willingness to steal from his countrymen during bombings his, distancing. Himself from, reality. And living in a fantasy to, the point where he doesn't even know the war is over this all brings me to conclude that the film's topic has more to do with youth, when, it does patriotism. Slightest. Actions, were cited, by Takahata, as making. A movie where, a kid of today suddenly, was sent back in time so. I didn't intend to be retrospective, or nostalgic. This. Is where I start to take umbrage with some of these quotes it, leaves a bad taste in my mouth the.
Business, And it's sentiment towards the next generation, site. It is unlikable, to a fault and if, he's supposed to represent, children. Of now to. Guilt them for, being born in a period of economic growth, that's. A damning statement to. Tell them that their parents and grandparents, were victims and that they, would not survive with, their mentality, without, going into the depths of the situation, I mean. After all it was not the younger generation, that let their pride get the best of them while, causing a lot of suffering because, they were unwilling to back down this. Narrative about Japan's, past I've become, an unfortunate, staple of Japanese war films in, the same way Japanese. Culture encourages silence, on difficult, topics instead of addressing them to, make it clear I don't think Takata, intended, to be malicious in his directorial decisions. But. It was using it more to push a political agenda, quotation. Marks Takata may not think that, grave of the fireflies is, an anti-war, film though. I do believe the image you presented, was, used to create a negative connotation with. The youth of today that would keep something like article, 9 in the, consciousness, of adolescents, as they grow up using. The character of Setsuko as a lynchpin, in this grave. Of the fireflies at, core is about victims, of war the, siblings, hair are taken from them that idealic, life is taken from them their innocence, is taken from them then, circumstances, outside of Setzer coast control leapt to her slow painful, death instead of framing us as an issue of war itself Toccata wants to make it to make it emotionally relevant to, his audience adolescents, by, using Setsuko, as an angelic, figure, the ultimate, innocent martyr not, too young to be unable to communicate but. Not old enough to be independent even the animation versions ending, shows, this key difference and, how it frames itself, by. Focusing on the death of Setsuko giving a montage to her day to day I fell had a setup to make the audience more. The, death of innocence, when, they themselves teenagers.
Are Going through a similar change it, seems further and how they frame, these two, ghosts, looking, at current day Japan, overall. This technique is borderline manipulative. Regardless. I understand the reasons it was reused although, I don't see the appeal in watching a sibling starfish, younger sister to death but, that's the nature of taste. Only. Yesterday, handles. Itself a lot better even if I do have some problems with its content, I'll get into that later it's, a distinct and personal, tale of reflecting, on one's life the, flashbacks, are presented, in a warm fuzzy, simplified. Manner to give contrast. To the rest of the animations, grounded. And lavished world it's, relatable in painful ways reminiscing. On the mundane moments, all, that time you did something 10, years ago that was so embarrassing it made you shudder just by thinking about it it's about growing up and thinking of how your life could have been different. A life, could have gone if it were not for this so that feeling. Unsatisfied, now, longing, for a change of routine which. Is what the main character does when, she takes a vacation in the countryside although, it might be too good to be true as the major conflict of the film rests on her next, decision this, is the part I take fault with to, a degree it glorifies his peaceful farming. Life that's the simpler, life as the best way to live. Instead, the nasty, city life. Yeah yeah, it. Seems a bit of a naive outlook, to, take on my for a 28, year old woman, granted. The, film does address. This towards, the end when. Tyco realizes. She's, been playing dress-up, on vacation, and making a life-changing, decision of, a, 10-day break would. Be silly, without Elise thinking about it our decision in the end might be a little more sentimental, than my, taste but overall I think, it's a great, film one. Of Ezell's, best a lot of that has to do with the quality of its intimate storytelling, how it tackles some of them what-have-you subjects, around growing, up pom. Poko is, most, divisive, film one, of the few films by Takahata which is not, an adaption it, seems to be thought, better of in the east with, places, like China and Japan calling. It essential, viewing and, you know what so it should be it's a wild ride full of assert humor I mean we're actually gonna see these these tanuki testicles, just flaming, at you firing. Down. Taken. On man it's, so. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So it's a film that's direct with its environmental, message without becoming Captain, Planet it has a less idyllic, tone throughout, and, pushes the idea of coexisting, and preserving, what we have encouraging, kids but it's something worth doing you know focusing on humanizing, the animal to make the play easier for them to understand pom, Poko is, weird and Japanese. To the bone I'm surprised they put such a budget behind something. That would not do well outside of Japan let alone get a full, of release but that's, easy in a nutshell he doesn't care and he'll make what he makes and it's. Hard not to respect that. Kondo. Was a key animator on many of the previous projects Tok hot had worked on he, was a good friend to the studio being, the first director outside of the original pair who would make a Ghibli. Feature film his. Sudden death in 1998, left a hole in the studio that, almost left, nozaki, to retire did. Condos passing, lead to such a distinct, change in art direction, on takahata's next project it seemed, like cel animation had lost its luster for, the director who'd become more interested in new techniques it was going for a very small scale in comparison, to the prior film left, field choice to adapt a manga, known as, no no Chan which became the film my neighbor Yamada the, film's visual style has a level of dreamlike, abstraction. At its heart it's a light, comedy, around, family, made, of small vignettes, that tie it all together based, on little, relatable, quirky, moments, you might have you, can see where Tucker's direction, from only yesterday's of nostalgic.
Flashbacks. Has, influenced, this abstract, visual language where, you only see what's necessary, Phil may not look like anything special at first but, it shows how variates. To do things with, a simplified art that wouldn't be possible otherwise. Making. Yamada a necessary, stepping stone of otaku hotter the production sent Ghibli into chaos as they had no set way to schedule it leading to higher costs, and will its distinct, ante Ghibli, look picture, did not do well at the box office, Takahashi, was content, to stop there after, Yamada, that was until producer Nishimura spent, 18, months of takahata's, day, today trying. To convince him to make one last film and easie, was like okay okay you. Got me other. Princess. Kaguya based. On the oldest, tale known from Japanese history he's, ours last film is, most beautiful taking full advantage of, your modest visual language next, to something we've seen him tackle earlier, like, in his short from winter, days which, was a small limited traditional. Japanese so my painting, inspired piece, to. Do this they, had to create backgrounds that took on a minimalist, design using, watercolours. Toning. It back a bit and defining, what the visual style should look like instead. Of cleaning up the animation they were trying to capture the raw qualities, in the storyboards. Emotions. Rule this aesthetic, when. Ditional techniques, were used to place the whole process together, there was no fixed color palette it was decided on the fly like an absolute, madman, lots, of little decisions like this made, the production last eight years which, does show in its expressive, animation, showcase but, this put a great strain on the team the storyboard wasn't even finished until the last year of development, it doesn't help it's also ease out longest, animated, film as a final film for matically, it's, fitting, the, only side of the film who seems reminiscent to Heidi of, other bits echoing, graves more. Tragic, tale some. Parts feel akin to only yesterday's, growing up sequences, there, even part to remind me of the rhythm seen in the cellist, making. This last outing resonate, to everything he's done beforehand, even. If it could have been a bit more to the point at times however. Despite, gaining he's Al's highest, box-office gross a long production, cycle and all the problems that came with it meant this film did not break even, almost, almost like poetry it rhymes. So. That's it for though his. Career was mired by flat notes with commercial, audiences, however. His work speaks for itself it's, both wider and topic and genre. Than Miyazaki, and yet, in some ways just as tightly knit his, work brought a needed, variety, to jubblies output which without the company might not have had such a glowing, response, as Bernal seeped in he's a master craftsman and if you're looking for a place to start Jesus on my favorites, and here's. A chart I made there's a link for that in the description so. Next time you, want to watch the same Ghibli film for the 50th time if my man tuck a heart or go instead. Whoa. Whoa, no, sweating in here so. Yeah that's the video guys I hope you like it and I hope I can actually edit it I'm, gonna try and do more videos like this in the future but I might experiment. With a format because this was really long and time-consuming so, I capture then cheers, I love. You.