Isao Takahata Is The Master Of Animation That Gen Z Needs

Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, spirited away at 82 years old.

We remember him as a legend, a cinematic genius, and one of the greatest masters of animation. His films have touched the hearts of many people, especially Millennials.

And now, we want this new Generation of Zillennials to get to know him too. His films taught us about love and war, and the beauty of all that’s complex. So for the years to come, here are the best film animations by Studio Ghibli.

Spirited Away (2001)

During her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. – IMDb

My Neighbor Totoro (1998)

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. -IMDb

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. -IMDb

Princess Mononoke (1997)

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. – IMDb

Porco Rosso (1992)

In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig. – IMDb