Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

DVD - 2006
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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, CA : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2006
ISBN: 9780788861451
078886145X
Branch Call Number: DVD JNF 791.4334 HOW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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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

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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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Rogbie
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!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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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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