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Creator: Topcraft
Founded in 1972 by Toru Hara after he left Toei Animation after many staff members of Toei were thinking that the studio was jumping the shark, Topcraft was Rankin/Bass's nonĖstop-motion unit in Japan. The studio mostly did TV specials, series and a few movies for Rankin-Bass, including The Last Unicorn, The Flight of Dragons and The Hobbit, as well as Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind and several episodes of the Lupin III (Red Jacket) series, Time Bokan and Mazinger Znote . Many people got their start with Topcraft, like Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno.

The studio went under in 1984 (after which for a year Topcraft did some outsourcing for other Japanese studios and Adventures of the Little Koala, after that the studio went out of business in 1985 of which Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata bought the company after it went out of business and turned the company into Studio Ghibli) when Miyazaki took 70% of its staff (alongside Toru Hara) and co-founded Studio Ghibli after Nausicaa came out. After that, 10% left Topcraft when the studio got worse. They included Hideaki Anno, when he and others founded Studio Gainax. The remaining 20% went to work for Pacific Animation Corp. to produce Rankin/Bass Productions' ThunderCats and SilverHawks until Disney bought that studio in 1988. And later became Motoyoshi Tokunaga's Walt Disney Animation Japan. In any event, Topcraft will forever be remembered as a footnote in the history of animation and for Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa.

See also Studio Ghibli where most of their staff members went to work for after Topcraft went out of business, and Pacific Animation Corp. which later became Walt Disney Animation Japan.
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