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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Howling For Joy

‘Howl’s Moving Castle is an outstanding animation from Hayao Miyazaki, a captivating story with interesting characters, despite the presence of some familiar fairytale tropes (transformation, inanimate objects that move and talk, magicians and witches, etc.) there is a freshness and invention to the whole thing that makes it enthralling. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that Miyazaki has picked up the baton that Disney dropped many years ago when merchandising seemed to become as important for them as the film itself. Witness their need to buy Pixar to obtain anything approaching a relevant and interesting line in animation. Mizazaki’s movies will hopefully become as well loved as Disney’s early work. There’s far less of the dripping sentimentality of some works from the House of Mouse. Howl’s Moving Castle deserves to become a modern classic, highly recommended for children of all ages.

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