Friday, April 26, 2013
Howl's Moving Castle
#9 - Howl's Moving Castle
An animated film that tells of a plain girl who is pulled into the world of wizards and witches, and then has curse placed on her that makes her an old woman. Howl, a self-centered, self-serving wizard, and his fire demon, Calcifer, take her in and she helps them, as well as them helping her. She is then pulled into the war, along with Howl. The question is, will their newfound freindship survive the war?
This movie was beautifully artistic in every sense of the word! With an all voice cast including Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, and Lauren Bacall. I fell in love with the selfless main character who had a good strong sense of work, as well as a sensible head on her shoulders.
The animation in this is simple and wonderful! I love how it's done in drawn format, and not the weird new graphic format that they've been using in the past ten years.
One of the artistic aspects of this movie that I really loved was the organic quality to it, and the natural feel to the movements throughout, which is something that I find lacking in a lot of today's animated films. The most amazing part of this movie, for me, was the way the artists drew the transitions between Howl's two forms; his human one and his bird one. They managed to follow the natural line of the human body and create something stunning to watch. Kids can enjoy this as well as adults, and I loved it!
I give it 5 out of 5 Stars!