Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

DVD - 2006
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A young woman named Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste and is turned into an old woman who is unable to tell anyone of her plight. Unable to continue her job at her mother's hat shop, she goes to the ambulatory castle of the notorious wizard Howl and insinuates herself into his household. Sophie befriends Calcifer, the fire demon who powers the castle and who is bound to Howl by a contract, the terms of which Calcifer cannot reveal. They promise to help each other with their problems. Like Calcifer, Howl can also see through the Witch's spell, and he and Sophie fall in love. Sophie helps Howl confront his former teacher, and the Witch of the Waste.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2006]
ISBN: 9780788861451
078886145X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Hauru no ugoku shiro

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blue_jellyfish_678
Mar 30, 2021

literally the best anime I have ever seen! I hiely recommend it!

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yellow_mustard
Feb 15, 2021

What a great movie! I have to say, unlike the book, there were practically no surprising twists. Gets confusing at times, even if you DID read the book. Gorgeous visuals. It's become my second favorite Ghibli film, after Kiki's Delivery Service

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DougD67
Jan 09, 2021

I watched this with my son, who is an anime enthusiast. As with all Studio Ghibli films the visuals are gorgeous, and the imagination is incredible. Also as with all Studio Ghibli films I feel like there's something I'm missing. If you're a kid you won't notice, and if you're an anime enthusiast you will notice and embrace it.
The plot manages to be simultaneously plodding and confusing, but the Sophie character is truly engaging. Howl himself lurches between creepy and petulant, and is dubbed by Christian Bale reprising his Batman voice.
On my next Studio Ghibli film I am going to try the subtitles instead of the distracting overdubs. Experience this one for the visuals!

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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 17, 2020

Amazing artwork and animation. The beauty of the movie can only be topped by the amazing storyline and direction of master Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Think I. A masterpiece that must be experienced.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 26, 2020

Howl’s Moving Castle is an amazingly animated piece of art that completely envelops you in this fantastical world that it creates. The music is amazing, the characters are beautifully crafted and built with their quirks and personalities, it is truly an amazing movie that can be enjoyed by anyone at any age. The world, even though built around this concept of spells and magic, is believable and every aspect of it is handled to create the best possible viewing experience, and the quality of time spent working on all the animation for this movie is not one to be glazed over, every scene, every spectacle, is a beautiful piece of art. Overall, Howl’s Moving Castle is a beautiful movie 5/5
@Rook of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

As a teen, I am often told that 'it's time to grow up' or 'that's too childish' and that makes me miss the freedom of being a kid. Studio Ghibli did not disappoint as always when it came to turning their viewers back in time when things just made sense and I would recommend their movies to all ages especially this one. Howl's Moving Castle is a work of art that pulls the heartstrings of everyone and gives off a vibe of fun and wisdom that are hard to put together. Can't seem to find an appropriate but also entertaining movie to watch with the family? Sit back, relax, and enjoy this wonderful story that you'll be sure to remember! 5/5 stars
@C.L of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

“Howls moving castle” was released in 2004 and in my opinion, is one of the best animation movies by far. It has a beautiful animation style; an interesting and well-thought-out story and the soundtrack is outstanding. I love how it contains such a fantasy-like feeling to it, especially the town and howls castle including the potions and knickknacks in his room. One of my favourite scenes was when Howl made breakfast which was so visually appealing. The main characters are all very likeable and as the story gets deeper, you become attached to each of them and feel all sorts of emotions even when they are cheerful and exciting or depressing and sorrowful. I would change nothing about this film. It was beautifully displayed, and the story is well thought of. I highly would recommend this anyone who loves animation movies and enjoys an adventure, romance, and fantasy film, especially if you like Studio Ghibli movies. I rate this film a 5/5.
@Madlad514 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is loosely based on the 1986 novel of the same name by British author Diana Wynne Jones. I enjoyed watching this film because it has a great musical soundtrack, animation, and a pleasantly thought out storyline. I would recommend this to children 7 and up. Some scenes that were stunning to look at were the inside of Howl’s room where you get to see all the little trinkets and potions. This movie has a good mix of romance and challenge for the main characters and it’s a fun watch for the family. Rating: 5/5
@PrettyKitty of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Autumnboyd
May 06, 2020

this is DEFINITELY my favorite studio ghibli film

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JAY T KLINGBEIL
Feb 18, 2020

This movie blew my mind, it is a great movie.

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HilarySquires
Feb 06, 2020

Not a bad movie, per se... but basically no resemblance to the book on which it is supposedly based. They should have given it a different title if it was going to be so vastly different than the source material.

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red_horse_942
Feb 02, 2020

Watched the movie, then read the book. And I have to say this is one of the rare occurrences in which the movie is better than the book. The movie is captivating, and the sky humor from Calcifer makes it far from boring. The movie scared me at first, but now I love to cuddle my cat, drink a cup of HOT chai tea and watch this movie. Like I do with all Ghibli movies, I really wish there was a sequel.

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i_am
Jan 17, 2020

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blue_dolphin_4400
May 02, 2016

Young Sophie: [Approaches The Witch Of The Waste while she tries to hide Howl's heart from her] Howl needs that back now
Witch of the Waste: Don't at me, I don't have it, I don't know what you're talking about
Young Sophie: [hugs her] Please give it back
Witch of the Waste: You really want it that badly?
Young Sophie: [on the verge of crying] Yes
Witch of the Waste: Alright then, you'd better take good care of it
Young Sophie: Okay
Witch of the Waste: [hands her Howl's heart] Here dear
Young Sophie: Thank you you have a big heart!
[kisses her]

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blue_dolphin_4400
May 02, 2016

Howl: Wow, Sophie, your hair looks just like starlight. It's beautiful.
Young Sophie: You think so? So do I!
[hugs Howl]

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blue_dolphin_4400
May 02, 2016

[Howl comes running out of the bathroom, screaming. His hair is now orange]
Howl: Sophie! You, you sabotaged me! Look! Look at what you've done to my hair! Look!
Old Sophie: What a pretty color.
Howl: It's hideous! You completely ruined my magic potions in the bathroom!
Old Sophie: I just organized things, Howl. Nothing's ruined.
Howl: Wrong! Wrong! I specifically ordered you not to get carried away!
[tragically]
Howl: Now I'm repulsive.
[slumps into a chair]
Howl: I can't live like this.
[starts sobbing, head in hands]
Old Sophie: Come on, it's not that bad.
[Howl's hair changes color to purple, then black]
Old Sophie: You should look at it now, its shade is even better.
Howl: [inconsolable] I give up. I see not point in living if I can't be beautiful.

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blue_dolphin_4400
May 02, 2016

Howl: I feel terrible, like there's a weight on my chest.
Young Sophie: A heart's a heavy burden.

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ukellyle
Nov 19, 2014

"May all your bacon burn." -Calcifer

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HereComeTheDrums99
Feb 19, 2014

Markl: He's calling the spirits of darkness... I saw him do this once before when a girl dumped him!

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KathleenZ
Jan 27, 2014

"You're wearing that hat? After all the magic I used to make your dress pretty?" ~ Howl

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KathleenZ
Jan 27, 2014

"I give up. I see no point in living if I can't be beautiful." ~ Howl

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macndoofus
Jun 20, 2012

Calcifer: Here's another curse for you- may all your bacon burn.

SaveTheCat Feb 18, 2012

Calcifer: "SHE LIKES MY SPARK!!"

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blue_dolphin_4400
May 02, 2016

Violence: Contains scenes of infrequent mild violence and scary scenes.

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blue_dolphin_4400
May 02, 2016

Sexual Content: A young man is seen in a towel. Later in that scene, the towel is dropped, but no full frontal nudity is seen, only his butt is visible very briefly, it is very hard to notice.Three scenes show characters kissing.

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Disnerd
Aug 06, 2011

Violence: only a little fighting, but there is bombing from warships- and a bit of Howl's blood every now and then

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