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AICN Premieres The New HOWL

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I had a chance to see the original Japanese-language version of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE recently, and I thought it was a magnificent piece of film fantasy, rich and beautiful and densely textured. I’ll wait to write a full review until around the time the film is coming out, but for now, I’ve got to say that I don’t understand how any Miyazaki fan would be remotely disappointed by his latest film. You’ll get your chance to decide for yourself in June in the US, when Disney plans to release both the original subtitled version and a brand-new dubbed version (supervised by Pixar’s own big-brained Pete Docter) that stars Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall, and Blythe Danner.

Want to see the new American trailer? Well, we’ve got it for you first this morning.





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Look for both versions of the film in theaters in about two months.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • April 20, 2005, 5:50 a.m. CST

    You had me until gene simmons....

    by payton 34

    what a train wreck.

  • April 20, 2005, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Still isn't working, dagnabbit!

    by Heleno

  • April 20, 2005, 5:52 a.m. CST

    You had me until gene simmons....

    by payton 34

    oops wrong simmons.

  • April 20, 2005, 6:17 a.m. CST

    looks pretty good

    by rebel299

    if anything, miyazaki's films are always visually breathtaking, and judging by the trailer this appears to be no exception.

  • April 20, 2005, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Isn't that great...

    by Mirrorball Man

    I saw that movie four months ago.

  • April 20, 2005, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by Rodimus Ben

    There are few filmmakers who have literally never let me down, and Hayao Miyazaki is one of them.

  • April 20, 2005, 7:52 a.m. CST

    It's amazing, the things this man does!

    by El Che

    Studio Ghibli is like, Miyazaki and 15 other people. To think he can create these Disney-like features with a mere fraction of the resources... amazing!

  • April 20, 2005, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Miyazaki is a legend.

    by Shigeru

    I went and saw the only subtitled show of Spirited Away in Boston at midnight at this really cool theater, and the place was PACKED with Japanese families taking their little kids to see it. It was a beautiful experience.

  • April 20, 2005, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Miyazaki is a God of Animation

    by mh

    I am so excited that we are getting this movie so soon! Miyazaki's work is sheer brillance that can never be topped.....his work is a genre all its cannot even be called Anime....its just Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. I am particularly excited about this one b/c it has an intriging plot and older characters, which making it different than Spirited Away (which was also very brillant). If any of you newbies to Miyazaki get a chance, you should see Naussica...sheer beauty. Howl's Moving Castle's trailer was awesome and I am sure that the movie will be great!

  • April 20, 2005, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Miyazaki is the greatest storyteller in the world of Anime.

    by CurryIce

    I think he's the only one who can attract the most people in the world who don't know nothing about Animes. and i expect again a great composed score in Howl's Moving Castle which are one of the qualities of every Miyazaki movies. just checkout the music by Joe Hisaishi(who also made music for Kitano films) who composed most of the movies by Miyazaki.

  • April 20, 2005, 9:39 a.m. CST

    What no Neil Gaiman?

    by grendelson138

    It seems like I watched some sort of HBO special when Disney first decided to release Miyazaki's movie. Then, it was literally 2 or 3 years until I could watch any of his movies. I sounded like an ass talking about the movies to my friends and then they never appeared. Still, just glad I actually got to see Spirited Away in the theater.

  • April 20, 2005, 10:02 a.m. CST

    I'll definitely be there to see this one.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Miyazaki can do no wrong. Looks like another classic.

  • April 20, 2005, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Studio Ghibli is like, Miyazaki and 15 other people. To think he


    ...ummm no. Studio Ghibli has a LOT more animators than the reason Howls looks so good is because of the technical help from disney. Howls is good but not his best...the films a bit of unstructured mess actually. If anyone else dished out the ending this film does they would get slated bigtime....yet not this?? However it is a beautiful looking film. Btw Its based off a british book...Not created by Miyazaki....and his changes actually hinder the story. And this is coming from someone who adores his other Ghibli films. Every director drops the ball at somepoint. No one is perfect.

  • April 20, 2005, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by mh

    What british book is it based off of? I would love to read it before I see the movie.

  • April 20, 2005, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by draignathair

    The film's based on the book Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and she also wrote a sequel called Castle in the Air. They are wonderful books filled with creativity and imagination, although the endings are a bit rushed. Even if Miyazaki did change much of the story, I'm sure the film will still be a lot of fun-it's such a perfect story for him to work around!

  • April 20, 2005, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I have ZERO interest in this

    by Jeditemple

    Gack! Anime sucks.

  • April 20, 2005, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Are any of you suits out there?

    by half vader

    'Cause I want to tell you that we HATE "This Summer" (way to be specific about being non-specific!), "This June", "For anybody who ever dared to dream", "In a world", "From the imagination of"... and on and on ad nauseum. This trailer had BOTH this summer and this June - voiceover guy must have been exhausted. While I'm being a pedant, what the hell sort of redundant foolishness is "off of", anyway? Grrr. On a happier note, I can't wait for Howl's. Totoro is still my favourite though - it beats modern Disney's saccharin shenanigans with a big stick. Yes I said shenanigans.

  • April 20, 2005, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by superhero

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait! Miyazaki rules! Just goes to show you...animation can do ANYTHING!

  • April 20, 2005, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Thanks draignathair

    by mh

    I just found out that the author did a book that I really enjoyed as a kid (Dog's Body) and just ordered Howl's Moving Castle and Dog's Body to have some light summer reading in between taking classes....grrr...not so fun. I keep watching the trailer...I am excited. Okay, stopping the geekage. Thanks again draignathair!

  • April 20, 2005, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by triflic

    While the film isn't perfect, and nowhere near Nausica or Mononoke (or Spirited Away)...It is still very, very good. Cut and paste this link if you are interested in my review on (

  • April 20, 2005, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Re: review

    by mh

    Hm, thanks for the link triflic. I think that even if the plot is a bit flawed and the whole movie is jarring, I think I will still buy it and watch it repetitvely b/c that is just what you do with a Miyazaki film. I didn't like Porco Rosso very much, but I am still willing to watch it. I hope Howl's will be good anyway and I still can't wait to get my hands on the book!

  • April 20, 2005, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Hey, Jeditemple-

    by Stan the Bat

    -tee are oh ell ell spells you.

  • April 20, 2005, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The Darkangel Trilogy

    by superninja

    That's some young adult books crying out for the Anime treatment!***This looks great visually, but it appears there's some serious deviation from the book. The book is wonderful, and with some of the less-than-stellar reviews my expectations are a somewhat lowered. But I will see it!

  • April 20, 2005, 5:58 p.m. CST

    He did Castle in the Sky too.

    by Thavertop

    It was a long time ago, but I think it was Miyazaki that did the anime called Castle in the Sky.

  • April 20, 2005, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Castle in the sky & castle in the air.....


    ....are totally unrelated. Miyazakis LAPUTA castle in the sky is its own thing. diana wynn jones castle in the air is a second book to howls moving castle.

  • April 20, 2005, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Miyazaki transcends anime

    by Oompa_Radar

    I am not a fan of anime, but I simply adore Miyazaki's films. They may resemble in style anime, but their substance elevates it beyond that sub-genre. I'll take these over Disney or Dreamworks garbage any day of the week! (So will my daughter, who refuses to watch the Spirit, Emperor's New Groove, El Dorado hooey.)

  • April 20, 2005, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Miyazaki is to animation as Beethoven is to music, as Van Gogh i

    by Noriko Takaya

    No one else in animation, past or present, even comes close. Spirited Away? Tr

  • April 20, 2005, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by Oz J Thomas

    Not many animation auteurs out there who make it big. Can't wait to see this either and hope he continues on making animation for years to come. Although I would like to see him stretch a bit more and tackle some different themes and subjects.

  • April 20, 2005, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Okay, okay...enough Miyazaki blow jobs...errr....mmmust resissss

    by JohnnyBlueJeans

    well...he does

  • April 21, 2005, 3:30 a.m. CST

    I love Miyazaki...

    by Gluecifer

    but he's not the only one doing great anime, for fuck's sake!!!! Oshii, Otomo, Takahata (you know, the other great director in Ghibli, you know, Grave of fireflies, Pom Poko, My neighbors the Yamadas,...), Satoshi Kon (Perfect blue, Tokyo godfathers, the amazing Millennium actress, the fabulous series "Paranoia agent"), Rintaro (Metropolis, X, Megalopolis,...), Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire hunter D: bloodlust, Ninja scroll, Wicked city,...), Koji Morimoto, the future star Makoto Shinkai (Voices from a distant star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days), Hideaki Anno, Shinichir

  • April 21, 2005, 9:34 a.m. CST

    by Belldandy

    Disney like? oh Miyazaki's works are so much greater than disney, and he does it for the love of it, not for your money. I LOVE MIYAZAKI FILMS!!! Oh, and gene simmons is a rock star but JEAN simmons is an actress.

  • April 21, 2005, 10:13 a.m. CST



    ....I agree with you 100%!! Grave of the Fireflies is for example one of ghiblis best films....Millenium actress is superb. Miyazaki is great animation director...but as someone pointed out he needs to have more variety. Plus Ghibli is slooowly heading the same way disney is..with its theme parks & heavy merchandising....what will the future hold for ghibli after Takahata & Miyazaki?

  • April 21, 2005, 2:07 p.m. CST

    The next time I'm overrun by riot police I'm using my testicles.

    by gigaloff

    I saw Pom Poco the other day.

  • April 21, 2005, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Reading all this Miyazaki praise...

    by Zoviet Squid

    ...brings a tear to my eye--BECAUSE HE DESERVES EVERY WORD OF IT. Hell, I'm an anime fan and even *I* don't think of his movies as such (not to detract from other fabulous anime creators). He may need to expand a little thematically, but that doesn't detract from the fact he directed perhaps my favorite movie ever (Nausicaa). Even his failures are aeons ahead of your typical Hollywood output (although my hopes for A Scanner Darkly aren't dim by any means)--so count me anticipated for Howl.

  • April 21, 2005, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Must see this NOW!

    by Johnno

    Oh the craziness.. the bizarre craziness! Miyazaki is a god! Lemme see this now... I'll suck a dick!!! :P

  • April 21, 2005, 7:28 p.m. CST

    JEAN not GENE, E-Tards!

    by Arithma

    JEAN SIMMONS was a leading LADY in the 1950's. SHe starred in Spartacus and Guys and Dolls, amongst other films. She was quite striking, with black hair and bright blue eyes. She's not exercise Guru GENE Simmons. I know, confusing, right?

  • April 21, 2005, 7:32 p.m. CST

    That confusion aside...

    by Arithma

    I can't wait for this movie! I was in Paris when they had a huge Miyazaki/Moebius exhibit this January. I saw these huge banners with Mononoke on them when I came out of the Louvre and I dragged my husband by the ear to see it! I missed the french premiere of the film by only one day, and I was totally bummed. At least we won't have to wait three years for it. YAy!