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Acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki adapts British writer Diana Wynne Jones's popular fantasy tale for this animated feature, adding his own unique and celebrated dreamlike spin. A young hat-maker named Sophie (voiced by Emily Mortimer) is turned into an old woman by the dreaded Witch of the Waste (Lauren Bacall) when she attracts the notice of Howl (Christian Bale), a young wizard whom the witch desires for herself. As the old woman, (voiced by Jean Simmons), Sophie finds refuge as a cleaning lady in Howl's magical castle, an impressively realized mishmash of anthropomorphic shafts and gears, where she meets, among other wonders, a cantankerous fire demon named Calcifer (Billy Crystal). Howl's courage inspires her to seek a cure for her curse, and vice versa, and the two work together to prevent a major war as the castle roams the countryside on its mechanical legs. There's lots of magic afoot as well, including travel through barriers of space and time, and shape-shifting, requiring full viewer ...
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CastBlythe Danner
DirectorHayao Miyazaki
Release Date:  June 10, 2005
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  March 07, 2006
Runtime:  1hr 59min
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review by . June 03, 2013
Definitely my favourite Studio Ghibli film so far. I thought it was a billion times more thought provoking and aesthetically pleasing than Spirited Away which everyone seems to love (even though that's a pretty awesome film too). The characters, story line and morals are wonderful. I'd definitely recommend!
review by . June 03, 2013
Howl's Moving Castle
I recently watched Howl's Moving Castle and recommend it to everyone. It's a beautiful movie and I think that everyone would enjoy it.      The film is about a girl named Sophie who gets cursed by a witch and is forced to leave her home town and reside in a castle in the wasteland owned by a wizard named Howl.                
review by . May 17, 2009
Howl's Moving Castle
Still hard for me to believe that the man who, while on the set for Terminator Salvation, dropped enough F-Bombs to defeat the Germans in World War II is the same man doing the voice of Howl. But such is the nature of voice-over, I suppose. Part of my disillusionment is that I really liked Howl's Moving Castle, and for that matter, the character Howl. Howl has the reputation of a playboy, stealing the hearts of women. It gets a little scary when we learn that the reputation also includes eating …
review by . November 17, 2008
A different kind of anime   This one was first a book   And although very different   The movie's worth a look     A wizard's castle moves about   A demon's in the ashes   A young woman's under a spell   And now she's past hot flashes     Working in a hatter's shop   Avoiding all the hassle   Until the spell changes her life   and lands her in the castle     The …
review by . November 15, 2007
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Pros: Beautiful colors, lovable characters – good times all around     Cons: Story can become a little confusing     The Bottom Line: Feel like being young again? Well here's your ticket.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I happened to look at my corkboard this morning where I have a tiny list of things to review tacked up there. Suddenly I realized (*gasp!*) I hadn’t ever done my review of …
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