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Howl's Moving Castle (5-Sep-2004)

Original Title: Hauru no Ugoku Shiro

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki

From novel: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Music by: Joe Hisaishi

Producers: Rick Dempsey; Ned Lott

Keywords: Juvenile

An impressionable young girl cursed by a witch must seek help from a wizard residing in a "walking" castle.

Eighteen-year old young woman Sofi is cursed by the nefarious Witch of the Waste, doomed to an old woman's body and helpless to find a way out of her predicament. Unable to continue work at her mother's hat shop, poor Sofi flees for the hills, ingratiating herself with egotistical young wizard Howl and the out-of-this-world residents of his whimsical "walking" castle in an attempt to exact a certain measure of revenge on the wicked witch and return to her old form.

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Jean Simmons   ...   Grandma Sophie (voice)
Christian Bale   ...   Howl (voice)
Lauren Bacall   ...   Witch of the Waste (voice)
Blythe Danner   ...   Madame Suliman (voice)
Emily Mortimer   ...   Young Sophie (voice)
Josh Hutcherson   ...   Markl (voice)
Billy Crystal   ...   Calcifer (voice)
Additional Voices
Jena Malone   ...   Lettie (voice)
Daijiro Harada   ...   Heen (voice)
Crispin Freeman   ...   Turnip (voice)
Mark Silverman   ...   King (voice)
Mari Devon   ...   Honey (voice)
Liliana Mumy   ...   Madge (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui   ...   (voice)
Newell Alexander   ...   (voice)
Rosemary Alexander   ...   (voice)
Julia Barnett   ...   (voice)
Susanne Blakeslee   ...   (voice)
Leslie Carrara   ...   (voice)
Mitch Carter   ...   (voice)
David Cowgill   ...   (voice)
Holly Dorff   ...   (voice)
Moosie Drier   ...   (voice)
Iake Eissinmann   ...   (voice)
Will Friedle   ...   (voice)
Bridget Hoffman   ...   (voice)
Richard Horvitz   ...   (voice)
Sherry Hursey   ...   (voice)
Hope Levy   ...   (voice)
Christina MacGregor   ...   (voice)
Joel McCrary   ...   (voice)
Edie Mirman   ...   (voice)
Peter Renaday   ...   (voice)
Kristen Rutherford   ...   (voice)
Warren Sroka   ...   (voice)


Review by Hayao Miyazaki (posted on 14-Nov-2007)

Not as good as Miyazaki's other film, Spirited Away, but overall a good movie! In the movie, I love the idea and the story, but Howl seems to be too self-centered. He gets very depressed just because his hair changes color, what a baby! The rest of the story was great, I love Calcifer the most. He's just about the right character befitting a fire!

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