Howl’s Moving Castle- 15th anniversary

In 2004, Hayao Miyazaki did his anime masterpiece “Howl’s Moving Castle”. Next was Nick Park and Steve Box on “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”. Both showed a lesson that we need to know.

While facing a curse, let’s say if you’re an old woman who needs to be young again, no thanks to a wasteful witch, or a man who turns into a massive furry monster at night whenever the moon is full, the best idea is to find a way to break the curse before it’s too late.

They were both remarkable, and had beaten Tim Burton on his ‘Corpse Bride’ as Helena Bonham Carter was turning out to be a great actress. (Before she turned to the dark side later on, along with Tim Burton). And later on, to the night of March 5th, 2006, while Phillip Seymour Hoffman deserved the Oscar award for Best Actor in “Capote”, Nick Park and Steve Box deserved for what they did when their movie won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

In this remarkable Oscar nominated anime masterpiece from Studio Ghibli and GKIDS that director Hayao Miyazaki did, based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, this depicts on how a young girl named Sophie Hatter, who was cursed by the Witch of the Waste. By becoming a 90 year old woman, she seeks a wizard named Howl, to break this curse in her. And put an end to that fat witch. By finding him in a walking castle, she falls in love with the wizard. Along the way, she befriends a talking fire demon, an orphan boy who can disguise himself, and a walking scarecrow in which turns into a human after Sophie’s curse has been finally broken. The same thing for Howl’s.

What about that Witch of the Waste? After she had lost her minions and her powers also, she became a chair bound old woman. And at the time when the country war came to an end, they lived in a new free life in a flying castle. By looking at the very end, I really like Sophie’s new look for how young she is again, but with that grey hair she has in that yellow dress. By the time that she and Howl got into a romantic relationship.

With the voice talents of Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Josh Hutcherson, Crispin Freeman, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, and Jean Simmons since she was with Kirk Douglas in “Spartacus”. Thanks to Stanley Kubrick who did that Oscar winning movie.

And here’s an interesting fact, thanks to Studio Ghibli & GKIDS that released this movie in 2004. This was one of Lauren Bacall’s last movies before she died. And her very first animated movie to be in. The same thing to Jean Simmons. So like James Stewart in “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West”, before he died in 1991, they did a grand job together in voice acting. Before Jean died in 2010, and Lauren too in 2014. James Stewart, Stanley Kubrick, and Humphrey Bogart must’ve been very glad of them for what they did.

15 years later, now comes the 15th anniversary of this remarkable Studio Ghibli masterpiece. And I how can I forget that night, when “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” deserved that Oscar award for Best Animated Feature Film?

In a part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2019, in honour of its anniversary, they brought this back to the Cineplex theatres for a 3 day special event. From April 8th to April 10th in 2019, just before Easter. So while some superhero fans really enjoyed the new “Shazam” movie, the rest also really enjoyed that this anime masterpiece came back.

So for this remarkable Studio Ghibli masterpiece and GKIDS, here’s to a happy anniversary on this anime masterpiece thanks to Hayao Miyazaki. Besides, his friend Isao Takahata would be very proud of him.

And like this and for what Nick Park and Steve Box did, who says that adventures can be magical in anime like this remarkable one, along with a few more with crackers and cheese?

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