Picture from Howl’s Moving Castle
Overall B

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.

Violence B-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A-
Substance Use B+

MPAA Rating: PG for frightening images and brief mild language.

Talk to your kids about…

Howl’s Moving Castle

What similarities does this plot have to other fairytales? What magical creatures exist in the stories you know?

Despite her curse, Sophie continues to treat others with kindness. Who is she willing to help? How does that kindness pay off for her? What does Sophie learn about the difficulties of old age?