Howl's Moving Castle ( Hauru no ugoku shiro ) Full Movie Reviews

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Lesser but still charming Miyazaki film

JTurner - wrote on 05/31/2009

Based on Dianna Wynne Jones' beloved novel, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE is the ninth animated feature from Hayao Miyazaki. It's about a young girl who becomes cursed with old age by a jealous witch; to break the spell she must travel to the titular structure and deal with its enigmatic owner, the charming yet mysterious wizard Howl and his carping fire demon, Calcifer. While I was admittingly disappointed with this movie upon my first viewing (I was expecting another action-adventure story along the walls of PRINCESS MONONOKE and CASTLE IN THE SKY; this film concludes in a more drawn-out manner than SPIRITED AWAY did), it has nonetheless grown on me and is very much another Miyazaki masterpiece. It's an undeniably gorgeous film, with imaginative set pieces and charming, characters that come …

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Creative and fun

TheWolf - wrote on 08/02/2007

Normally I am not a big fan of this type of Japanese Animation. It always reminded me in the style of a number of poorly made American rip off's of good Japanese cartoons, but i have to say that Howl's Movie Castle surprised me. I found it to be a very interesting story and that it had a lot of great scenes. The idea was very creative and it really brought about a beautiful story that was well told. I guess the first thing that caught my attention was Billy Crystal doing one of the voices and because I really enjoy his type of humor, it helped pull me into the story a lot faster than I would have normally been.
The animation is very well done, being that I am always looking for new things in the field of animation I have to say that there were a number of things that had me completely …

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