Ghibli Lists Jobs for Isao Takahata's Summer 2013 Film
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On Tuesday, the animation production company Studio Ghibli posted listings for contract staff positions for "director Isao Takahata's animation feature film" that is "slated to be completed in Summer of 2013." The studio is looking for a number of director's assistants and animation runners (seisaku shinkō). The positions for director's assistants will start on February 16, while the animation runners will begin work on January 16.
Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday) confirmed in September that he has a new work, but added that it may be about two more years from being close to completion. Takahata co-founded Ghibli with fellow director Hayao Miyazaki. It has been 12 years since Takahata's last feature film, 1999's My Neighbors the Yamadas.
Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki had hinted in 2009 that Takahata was working on a project based on the classic Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) in the style of the classical Japanese scroll Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga. Takahata himself mentioned Taketori Monogatari at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival in August of that year. The 10th century tale, known by virtually every Japanese child, revolves around a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.
Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's son and the director of this past summer's From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-Zaka Kara) anime film from Ghibli, also revealed this month that the next work may come around 2013.