Isao Takahata and His Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Marred from an abundance of explanatory voiceover, and not as elegantly put-together as the more-or-less companion documentary feature “THe Kingdom of Dream and Madness” (covering Hayao Miyazaki’s development of “The Wind Rises” where this covers Isao Takahata’s development of “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”), this is a thin feature that nonetheless captures some interesting material of the titular film’s development and those that made it.

It’s a much more interesting film when viewed as a companion piece to “The Kingdom of Dream Madness”, almost developing as a sort of “Rashomon” styled perspective-switch, particularly when ‘narrative’ points converge (the premature announcement of “The Wind Rises” and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” being a double-feature like Miyazaki and Takahata pulled off with “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Grave of the Fireflies” decades earlier, as well as moments where Takahata visits the main Studio Ghibli office).


There is interesting contextualisation of Takahata’s career and decision-making process during development, but not an awful lot going on here. Still, interesting to watch everyone involved with the film work. Two and a half keyframes and a storyboard.

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