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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess KaguyaAn elderly couple raise a girl who's not of this world in a lovely, glacially told gem from animator Isao Takahata, the 78-year-old cofounder with Hayao...The Tale of the Princess KaguyaAnimationPT137MPGAn elderly couple raise a girl who's not of this world in a lovely, glacially told gem from animator Isao Takahata, the 78-year-old cofounder with Hayao...2014-10-17
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA Main character illustration

THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA Main character illustration (Studio Ghibli)

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Genre: Animation; Starring: James Caan, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mary Steenburgen; Director: Isao Takahata; Author: Isao Takahata; Release Date Limited: 11/23/2013; Runtime (in minutes): 137; MPAA Rating: PG

An elderly couple raise a girl who’s not of this world in a lovely, glacially told gem from animator Isao Takahata, the 78-year-old cofounder with Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. The 10th-century Japanese folktale provides an ideal tableau for Takahata to express his sweet wise-man melancholy about the passage of time and his love for the pastoral. His abstract style—you can see the pencil lines and watercolor blots—evokes a magical old storybook drawn on papyrus paper. A-