Watch a clip from The King & The Mockingbird

Exclusive: The film that inspired Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is one of the most renowned, successful animation studios in the world.

And we've got our hands on one of the movies that inspired its co-founder Isao Takahata to form the company.

The story behind The King & The Mockingbird is amazing in itself - started in 1948 and finished in 1980, and only now getting a theatrical release, it's a French animation classic. And one that obviously had an impact on the creative luminaries of today.

In the latest issue of Total Film, he says: "It showed me the possibilities of animation... this film was way beyond established ideas at the time."

Watch the exclusive clip below and then let us know what you think in the comments!

The King and The Mockingbird is playing in select cinemas and on DVD now.

For more on The King & The Mockingbird , Studio Ghibli and much more, pick up the brand new issue of Total Film , which is out now , and includes an exclusive look at Godzilla , Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Maleficent , plus many more exciting new movies.

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