Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones (book) and Hayao Miyazaki (film)

In Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated masterpiece, journey beyond imagination and enter a "breathtaking fantasy world" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) filled with adventure, humor and heart.  Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life throuwn into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl.  The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie.  In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl's magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to bread the spell.  Featuring the voice talents of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner and Billy Crystal, Miyazaki's artistry comes to life on DVD with inventive characters, unique storytelling and richly detailed animation.  

PG for frightening images and brief mild language.

DVD, fiction, fantasy

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