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  • Takahata Isao: A Legend in Japanese Animation
    高畑勲展─日本のアニメーションに遺したもの

    2 July – 6 October 2019
    The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

     
    This exhibition will be the first retrospective dedicated to Takahata Isao (1935-2018, Takahata is his family name*), Japan’s leading animation director.

    The best known works that Takahata directed include: the Japanese television series “Heidi, Girl of the Alps” and “Anne of Green Gables”; “Chie the Brat”; and the Studio Ghibli films “Grave of the Fireflies” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”.

    Presenting precious objects, including Takahata’s production notes and storyboards, the show will shed light on the way how he pioneered a style of Japanese animation and also the collaborative efforts he made with Miyazaki Hayao and others.

    *In this article, we put the family name first, followed by the given name.


    Highlights of the “Takahata Isao” exhibition

    ◆ A passion for animated films

    Since 1959, he worked as a director at Toei Motion Pictures (now Toei Animation). He directed his first animation film “The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun (1968).


    ◆ A new style of expression

    He left Toei Animation and opened a new front of expression in the TV series in the 70s, such as: “Heidi, Girl of the Alps” (1974), “3000 Leagues in Search of Mother” (1976) and “Anne of Green Gables” (1979).

    The storyboards and other objects on display will also highlight his teamwlrk with Miyazaki Hayao, Kotabe Yoichi and other creators.

     
    高畑勲展 東京国立近代美術館
    Heidi, Girl of the Alps
    「アルプスの少女ハイジ」絵コンテ
    ©ZUIYO 「アルプスの少女ハイジ」公式ホームページ http://www.heidi.ne.jp/

    高畑勲展 東京国立近代美術館
    Heidi, Girl of the Alps
    「アルプスの少女ハイジ」オープニング原画(作画監督修正)
    ©ZUIYO 「アルプスの少女ハイジ」公式ホームページ http://www.heidi.ne.jp/


    ◆ Studio Ghibli and a look into Japanese culture

    Since the movies “Chie the Brat” (1981) and “Gauche the Cellist” (1982), Takahata worked on stories set in Japan.

    In 1985, together with Miyazaki Hayao and Suzuki Toshio, he co-founded Studio Ghibli, from where he brought to the world: “Grave of the Fireflies” (1988), “Only Yesterday” (1991) and “Pom Poko” (1994).

    For these works Takahata spun a narrative thread that runs through today from the Second-World-War and the post-war period, with a motif of “satoyama” or a village’s managed woodland.

     
    高畑勲展 東京国立近代美術館
    Pom Poko
    「平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ」イメージボード © 1994 畑事務所・Studio Ghibli・NH

    高畑勲展 東京国立近代美術館
    Pom Poko
    「平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ」レイアウト画 © 1994 畑事務所・Studio Ghibli・NH

    高畑勲展 東京国立近代美術館
    Pom Poko
    「平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ」セル付き背景画 © 1994 畑事務所・Studio Ghibli・NH


    ◆ Further creative endeavours

    In the 90’s, Takahata explored visual expressions in the Japanese traditional art through old picture scrolls. He produced a new artistic style whereby characters blend seamlessly into the background: “My Neighbors the Yamadas” (1999) and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” (2013).

     

    高畑勲展 東京国立近代美術館

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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