Co-founder of the influential Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata has passed away at 82 years old. Takahata (who started the studio with Hayao Miyazaki) wrote and directed some of the most magical and poignant animated films of the past 50+ years—including the heart-wrenching “Grave of the Fireflies,” an anti-war film based on a short story by Akiyuki Nosaka. Heavily inspired by French literature and film, he was particularly moved by French poet Jacques Prévert’s work—especially animator Paul Grimault’s “Le Roi et l’Oiseau” for which Prévert wrote the screenplay. While Takahata didn’t “put pen to paper,” it was his beautifully imagined characters that made his work spellbinding and tender. Read more at the Guardian.