Ghibli's Isao Takahata to Receive Annie Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award

“Entertainment news website Variety announced on Thursday that Studio Ghibli’s co-founder Isao Takahata will receive the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement at the 43rd Annie Awards on Saturday.

Takahata will receive the award alongside Phil Roman (Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown’s co-director) and the late Joe Ranft (head of story at Pixar).

Variety asked Takahata if The Tale of Princess Kaguya was his last film or if he was inspired with another story, and Takahata responded, ‘I have several projects that I still have in mind that I am currently working on to get closer to realizing. Whether those will be finalized as films is something that no one, myself included, can know.’"

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness to be released on UK DVD on December 1st, 2014 and on US DVD on January 27th, 2014.

Also available via Amazon Instant in the USA on December 9th, 2014. 

Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, the documentary’s director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.