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Still shot from the movie: Howl’s Moving Castle.

Howl’s Moving Castle

This Japanese Anime tells the story of a young hat maker (voice by Emily Mortimer and Jean Simmons), who falls victim to a wicked curse that makes her appear 80 years old. Running away, she takes shelter in an enchanted moving castle, where she meets Howl (Christian Bale), the perfection- obsessed master of the house. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 119
Theater Release: 09 Jun 2005
Video Release: 07 Mar 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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Director Hayao Miyazaki has also been involved in the release of several other Japanese films for North American audiences including My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

Home Video Extra Features

The magic of translating Howl’s Moving Castle into an English Language Version, provide much of the meat for the bonus features on the DVD release of this Japanese anime film. Fan’s of director Hayao Miyazaki’s work will enjoy watching his visit to Pixar Animation Studios, the work that went on Behind the Microphone, and an Interview with Pixar Animation Director Pete Docter. Other extras include storyboards, TV spots and trailers for the movie. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (of course) and French.

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