Howl's Moving Castle


1h 59m 2004

Brief Synopsis

Sophie, a diligent teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl. This innocent encounter engages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer. Her love and support have a major impact on Howl, who can be maddeningly self-indulgent and singularly noble: He defies royal orders to participate in a meaningless war and risks his life to bring peace to the kingdom.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, Howl's Castle
MPAA Rating
Genre
Fantasy
Foreign
Adaptation
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Dentsu; Studio Ghibli; Toho Company Ltd.; Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company; Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment; Wild Bunch
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution; Aurum Producciones; Bazuca; Bir Film; Buena Vista International; Cinema Mondo; Cinema Service; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Distribution Company; Gulf Film, Llc; Intercontinental Film Distributors (Hong Kong); Lucky Red; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Oro Film As; Paradiso Entertainment; Playarte Pictures; Rialto Films; Toho Company Ltd.; Toho-Towa Company; Universal Pictures International; Walt Disney Studios Distribution; Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Ghibli Studios, Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m

Synopsis

Sophie, a diligent teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl. This innocent encounter engages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer. Her love and support have a major impact on Howl, who can be maddeningly self-indulgent and singularly noble: He defies royal orders to participate in a meaningless war and risks his life to bring peace to the kingdom.

Crew

Tsutomu Awada

Animator

Cindy Davis Hewitt

English Language Adaptation

Rick Dempsey

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Rick Dempsey

Producer

Pete Docter

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Pete Docter

Executive Producer

Ryoichi Fukuyama

Associate Producer

Makiko Futaki

Animator

Kenji Hachikazi

Animator

Hideki Hamasu

Animator

Cori Hansen

Post-Production Supervisor

Takashi Hashimoto

Animator

Motohiro Hatanaka

Casting

Donald Hewitt

English Language Adaptation

Joe Hisaishi

Music Conductor

Kazumi Inaki

Post-Production

Takeshi Inamura

Supervising Animator

Shuji Inoue

Sound Mixer

Shuji Inoue

Rerecording

Diana Wynne Jones

Source Material (From Novel: "Howl'S Moving Castle")

Megumi Kagawa

Animator

Mitsunori Kataama

Digital Animation Director

Shigeru Kimishima

Animator

Youmi Kimura

Theme Song

Tamaki Kojyo

Post-Production

Katsuya Kondo

Animator

Kenichi Konishi

Animator

Kitaro Kosaka

Supervising Animator

John Lasseter

Executive Producer (Usa)

Ned Lott

Producer (Usa)

Ned Lott

Casting (Usa)

Kaoru Mano

Titles

Hirofumi Masuda

Animator

Toshihiko Masuda

Animator

Mariko Matsuo

Animator

Masaru Matsuse

Animator

Hayao Miyazaki

Screenwriter

Toru Noguchi

Sound Effects

Shinya Ohira

Animator

Seiji Okuda

Associate Producer

Atsushi Okui

Digital Effects

Atsushi Okui

Director Of Photography

Masashi Okumura

Animator

Kazuyoshi Onoda

Animator

Yoshihiro Osugi

Animator

Shinji Otsuka

Animator

Ronald G Roumas

Sound Re-Recordist

Ayumi Sato

Casting

Michael Semanick

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Takeshi Seyama

Editor

Atsushi Shigeta

Animator

Masako Shinohara

Animator

Sachiko Sugino

Animator

Makiko Suzuki

Animator

Toshio Suzuki

Producer

Wataru Takahashi

Camera Operator

Noriko Takaya

Music

Yogi Takeshige

Art Director

Yozi Takeshige

Art Director

Nobuyuki Takeuchi

Animator

Atsushi Tamura

Camera Operator

Atsushi Tamura

Animator

Atsuko Tanaka

Animator

Yuichi Tanaka

Animator

Shuntaro Tanigawa

Theme Song

Noriko Tsushi

Post-Production

Kazuhiro Wakabayashi

Audio

Hiroyuki Watanabe

Production Manager

Junji Yabuta

Camera Operator

Katsuya Yamada

Animator

Kenichi Yamada

Animator

Hiroomi Yamakawa

Animator

Eiji Yamamori

Animator

Akihiro Yamashita

Supervising Animator

Michiyo Yasuda

Color

Naomi Yasuda

Casting

Masafumi Yokota

Animator

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Animator

Noboru Yoshida

Art Director

Reiko Yoshida

Screenwriter

Hideaki Yoshio

Animator

Film Details

Also Known As
Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, Howl's Castle
MPAA Rating
Genre
Fantasy
Foreign
Adaptation
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Dentsu; Studio Ghibli; Toho Company Ltd.; Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company; Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment; Wild Bunch
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution; Aurum Producciones; Bazuca; Bir Film; Buena Vista International; Cinema Mondo; Cinema Service; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Distribution Company; Gulf Film, Llc; Intercontinental Film Distributors (Hong Kong); Lucky Red; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Oro Film As; Paradiso Entertainment; Playarte Pictures; Rialto Films; Toho Company Ltd.; Toho-Towa Company; Universal Pictures International; Walt Disney Studios Distribution; Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Ghibli Studios, Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m

Award Nominations

Best Animated Feature Film

2005

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Music Score by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Released in United States Summer June 10, 2005

Limited Release in United States June 10, 2005

Expanded Release in United States June 17, 2005

Released in United States on Video March 7, 2006

Released in United States September 2004

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) September 1-11, 2004.

Based on the novel "Howl's Moving Castle" by Diana Wynne Jones.

Mamoru Hosoda was previously attached to direct.

Released in United States Summer June 10, 2005

Limited Release in United States June 10, 2005

Expanded Release in United States June 17, 2005

Released in United States on Video March 7, 2006

Released in United States September 2004 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) September 1-11, 2004.)

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Animated Film by the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).