Howl’s Moving Castle as recommended by Sam Backhouse:
Loosely based upon the novel of the same name by Diane Wynne Jones,
Howl’s Moving Castle is the 2004 film from Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. The English dubbed version of this film boasts an array of well known voices including Christian Bale as Howl and Billy Crystal as Calcifer.
|Grandma Sophie and Howl|
Released in both Japanese and English dubbed, Howl’s Moving Castle tells the story of Sophie, an unconfident girl whose encounter with a witch leaves her with the body of an old woman. In a quest to return to her young body, she befriends cocky, young wizard, Howl and his friends in his walking castle.
With a wonderful story and beautiful animation, Howl’s Moving Castle is a jewel in Studio Ghibli’s crown. An assortment of cute creatures guarantees the cute factor and is a film that the whole family will love. For an animation it is quite long, coming in at almost two hours but they are very enjoyable hours. Howl’s Moving Castle is a treat for the eyes and minds of young and old
Would I recommend it? Yes I would. Everything about this film is wonderful but the animation is the stand out feature. It really is a treat for the eyes.