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Studio Ghibli’s latest high profile release THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA is arriving at cinemas next month. Check out our preview here.

With its nomination for Best Animated Feature at this Sunday’s Oscars, the film represents the end of an era in many ways. The legendary production house, which has pioneered the dying art of line-drawn animation against increasing competition from CGI, is losing its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. His absence is clearly seen as a heavy blow – Miyazaki’s contribution to Ghibli’s output was incalculable. Indeed, entries such as SPIRITED AWAY ensured a presence for this singular approach to filmmaking amongst the big hitters of Hollywood. Yet when he departs, replacement Toshio Suzuki is unsure of any future direction.

So as PRINCESS KAGUYA lines up to take her place for the forthcoming ceremony, now is a good time to look back at other notable movies from the same stable that captured the imagination of the LA dream machine…