Howl's Moving Castle (2005)
June 10, 2005 (LA/NY)
Rated PG for frightening images and brief mild language
A distinguished cast of actors, under the direction of Pixar's Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.") and Disney's Rick Dempsey, lend their vocal talents to this English-language version of the film. Sophie (voiced by EMILY MORTIMER), an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl (voiced by CHRISTIAN BALE), and is subsequently turned into a 90-year...
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Having never before seen any of Hayao Miyazaki's previous efforts before, I was blown away by "Howl's Moving Castle," the oddest entry in this year's Best Animated Film category. Supposedly, compared to the likes of Miyazaki's other international releases such as "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke," "Howl" is nowhere as good, but since I haven't seen those other flicks, I really don't give a damn. Full movie review »