Based on the novel "Howl's moving castle" by Daiana Win Jônzu.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
Voices: Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal, Emily Mortimer.
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.
submitted by anclark on November 24, 2012, 1:38 pm
A typical Miyazaki/studio ghibli film. Beautiful animation, a good story (thank you, Mrs.Jones), characters that, despite being different from the original characters, are unique and amazing. The music is beautiful. I have watched this movie at least three times and read the book at least twice, and with every view and reread it has only enchanted me more. Definitely worth the time.
I love Miyazaki's movies so much because he tells stories in animation like no other person I know. The stories are very heartwarming and Howl's Moving Castle was one of the most amazing movies I 've ever seen. I usually don't care much about animation, but this a movie for all ages. I usually don't like watching movies dubbed, but the voice acting in this movie is great. The characters are easy to fall in love with and the music is GREAT. I would recommend this movie to anyone I meet who wants to watch a good, heartwarming film.
Inspired by, but different from, the Dianna Wynne Jones' book of the same name. Each character must come to terms with constraints (whether imposed by spells or by the secrets they keep) and find a way through to a freer future. The glimpses of the world in which the story is set are fascinating all by themselves, but the story is a true gem. The voice acting is worth watching this film for, especially Billy Crystal's performance as a fire demon.