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Yôichi Kotabe, guest of honor at Annecy 2019

A living legend of Japanese animation, designer of the characters Heidi and Marco, from the popular 1970’s series, will be the guest of honor at Annecy 2019.

Born in Taiwan in 1936, Kotabe is one of the most brilliant animators in Japan and a privileged spectator of the great awakening of animation in this country in the 60s. He began his career in the legendary studio Tôei Animation in 1959, in close collaboration with the masters Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, with Aiyō no Ōji Horusu no Daibōken (The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun, Isao Takahata 1968). He directed the animation of the delicious children's films Panda Kopanda (Panda! Go Panda!, Isao Takahata 1972 and 1973) with a script by Miyazaki, and also the adaptation of the traditional fairytale and Mayoko Matsutani’s novel Tatsu no Ko Tarou (Tarô, The Dragon Boy, Kiriro Urayama and Peter Fernández, 1979). However, his most globally known work (especially in countries like Spain) is that of being the character designer and animation director of the series Arupusu no Shōjo Heidi (Heidi, Girl of the Alps, 1974) and Haha o Tazunete Sanzenri (Marco: From the Apenines to the Andes, 1976) , both directed by Isao Takahata and broadcast in Spain by TVE with a great audience’s success, being the first anime broadcasted on our screens. His long career harbors the elegance of classical animation and designs that are now part of the world's popular culture.

 

Yoichi Kotabe

Yoichi Kotabe at the FICAM festival (Meknes Morocco) with Carolina Lopez, director of Animac.


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