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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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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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?

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