Howl's moving castle

Howl's moving castle

DVD - 2006 | Japanese
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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, Calif. : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: DVD.
ISBN: 9780788861451
078886145X
Branch Call Number: 791.43 HOWL'S
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 26, 2020

“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

Howl's Moving Castle is another widely known film in Studio Ghibli. The movie has a great musical soundtrack and animation as well as a pleasantly thought out storyline. One of the most famous soundtracks and one of my favourites is called “Merry Go Round Of Life”. Some animation scenes that were stunning to look at was the inside of Howl’s room where you get to see all the little trinkets and potions he has all over his room and how many he has collected over the years of his travels. An additional scene would be the scenery where Howl takes Sophie to a big flower garden, looking at how all the colour pops and the placement of all the flowers is amazing. This movie has a good mix of romance and challenge for the main characters and it’s a fun watch for the family. Hayao Miyazaki has made another wonderful world of magic filled with adventure. A 5/5 rating!
@minimonie 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

Cineplex occasionally screens Studio Ghibli Films. You can check their schedule at https://www.cineplex.com/Events/Anime

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kvanmooresma
Nov 25, 2019

The book is better, but the book is always better, and this movie is pretty great.

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1aa
Jul 06, 2019

This is quite a wild and unpredictable film; there are numerous plot twists, lots of symbolism, and (Terry) Gilliam-equeness to the whole film. Its certainly worth re-watching.

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Swishyskirt
Jun 28, 2019

Loads of satisfying romance, will make your heart soar in childlike wonderment.

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Bridget2011
Mar 31, 2019

This is an awesome movie! I love all the jokes and imaginative things about this movie!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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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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