Happy Birthday to Isao Takahata, 77 years old, born on October 29, 1935. A little belated, but there's still plenty of cake and ice cream for everyone. We're all looking forward to seeing Paku-san's triumphant return to the director's chair in 2013. He's been away for far too long.
In case you're curious, this photograph of the young Takahata dates from the 1965-68 production of Horus, Prince of the Sun. It appears on the excellent 2004 Studio Ghibli DVD, "Yasuo Otsuka's Joy in Motion." Every animation lover should add that documentary to their movie library.