Howl’s Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by English writer Diana Wynne Jones. The film was produced by Toshio Suzuki, animated by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Toho. The film was later dubbed into English by Pixar’s Peter Docter and distributed in North America by Walt Disney Pictures. It received a limited release in the United States and Canada beginning June 10, 2005 and was released nationwide in Australia on September 22 and in the United Kingdom the following September.
Howls Moving Castle is the story of Sophie, an eighteen-year old hatter, is a responsible young woman who encounters a mysterious and tremendously powerful wizard named Howl. The Witch of the Waste, who romantically pursues Howl, comes to the hat shop and curses Sophie by transforming Sophie into a ninety-year old woman. Seeking a cure for the spell, Sophie travels into the Wastes and finds a cursed living scarecrow whom she calls “Turnip Head”, who takes her to Howl’s castle. Here, Sophie meets Howl’s young apprentice, Markl; and the fire-demon Calcifer, who is the source of all of the castle’s energy and magical power. Calcifer offers to break the curse in exchange for Sophie’s help in breaking the spell he’s under, which keeps Calcifer bound to the house.
I give Howls Moving Castle 2 thumbs up and recommend that everyone watched this movie at least 7 times.
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