Isao Takahata, behind Studio Ghibli animator in Japan with Hayao Miyazaki, dies at 82

Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82.

Takahata started Ghibli with Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, hoping to create Japan's Disney.

Takahata died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement Friday.

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