Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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A young woman named Sophie flees to the moving castle of a notorious wizard named Howl after she is cursed to look old beyond her years; while at the castle she falls in love with Howl who can see Sophie's true self despite the curse.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, ©2013.
Edition: High definition.
Characteristics: 1 blu-ray disc (119 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm


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Jan 17, 2020

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Nov 25, 2019

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

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.

Jun 28, 2019

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

Mar 31, 2019

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

Sep 10, 2018

I can't remember the last time i felt so warm after watching a movie. The third act had pacing issues but otherwise the is a perfect movie. The animation is beautiful and the soundtrack is moving. I love how the movie focuses less on plot and more on developing the characters of Howl and Sophie. True confidence means accepting every part of yourself and remembering to enjoy your time on earth!

Jul 13, 2018

To be completely honest, this movie freaked me out as a kid. As I got older, I worked up the courage to rematch the film. This time, however, I couldn’t help but appreciate the wonderful storyline and attention to detail this film has. This movie is quite lighthearted, but there are some darker moments. I personally found Calcifer a great and funny character. His sarcasm adds an amazing dynamic to the film. He was an odd choice of character, who would expect to have a fire talk to them?I think this movie is suitable for people ages 7 and up. This is a great choice for a family movie night with some buttered popcorn. I definitely loved the way the film was animated and voiced! One can also not overlook the visuals of the film. I personally would give it 4 out of 5 stars!
@SpookyCat of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The movie “Howl's Moving Castle is a marvellous movie with great detail. The animation of this movie was outstanding just like Hayao Miyazaki’s other anime movies. Although the animation of this movie is very similar to “Spirited Away”, however the animation of some characters and backgrounds was very well done. The characters of this movie are very lovable, this movie has an odd choice of characters such as a small fire. The theme of “Howl's Moving Castle” is more towards fantasy with witches and wizards as well as some romance. The movie is one of the best anime movies of all time, although the beginning of “Howl's Moving Castle” is quite slow and a bit boring. The emotion and mood which this movie emits is breathtaking and seems so life-like during the moment with Romance, suspense, sadness and joy. “Howl's Moving Castle” has a well-produced plot with a powerful yet beautiful wizard falling in love with a girl who is cursed by an evil witch. This movie is a ”must watch” for those who adore fantasy/romantic themed movies. Rating: 4.5/5
@Chichiro of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jun 15, 2018

Enchanting! The wheezy dog was my favorite character :-)

SPPL_Kristen Mar 16, 2018

I love Sophie to pieces, but this isn't one of Miyazaki's best. The pacing is wonky and the narrative doesn't flow as smoothly as it should. I appreciate what he's trying to go for in the film, but it doesn't work in a lot of ways for me.

Jul 30, 2017

When the DVD came out, I listened to the Japanese cast dialogue version being familiar with a couple of the voice actors from other works. It definitely is worthwhile watching the movie in two different languages as each cast gives different nuances to the movie.
As other comments have indicated, the Studio Ghibli movies, though animated, are not all suited for young children due to some subject matters and content. While Disney is the distributor of these films in North America, the movies are not Disney style movies (the big eyes being the only similarity between Japanese and North American style animations).
It also depends if young adults/children have had prior exposure to Studio Ghibli films-there are more serene titles but many titles are best for the 14yr old and up crowd (as comprehension of some themes is better understood). Never show Princess Mononoke to young kids. The first few minutes of the film are too intense for children.

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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]

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]

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!
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.

May 02, 2016

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

Nov 19, 2014

"May all your bacon burn." -Calcifer

Feb 19, 2014

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

Jan 27, 2014

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

Jan 27, 2014

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

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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May 02, 2016

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

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.

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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