Variety has announced that Studio Ghibli’s co-founder Isao Takahata will receive the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement at the 43rd Annie Awards on February 6, 2016. Takahata will receive the award alongside Phil Roman and the late Joe Ranft.
Takahata had a long career directing such classics as Little Norse Prince Valiant, Alps no Shōjo Heidi, and Anne of Green Gables before he co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki. He went on to create the feature films Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, and My Neighbors the Yamadas.
Takahata recently declined an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. According to a source connected to the matter, Takahata cited “being too busy at work” as the reason for his refusal.