One of Studio Ghibli's best
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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.