Howl's Moving Castle

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Released 2004

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Howl's Moving Castle

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Director:
Hayao Miyazaki
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG
In this engaging anime based on a children's fantasy novel, 18-year-old Sophie works in her late father's hat shop in a humdrum town. But things get interesting when she's transformed into an elderly woman by the evil Witch of the Waste (voiced by Lauren Bacall). Determined to reverse the spell, Sophie seeks the help of the wizard Howl, who has an amazing moving castle that's fueled by a fire demon named Calcifer. Hayao Miyazaki directs.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Parse it any way you like, Miyazaki's gifts as an animator place him in a category of his own. To see his latest film is to be somehow reminded of Italians who could hear Verdi's o...

  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Sophie, in both her incarnations, joins an impressive sisterhood of Miyazaki heroines, whose version of girl power presents a potent alternative to the mini-machismo that dominates...

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    The tireless volley of ideas and inventions make this a delight that should connect with kids and adults in both dubbed and original-language versions.

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