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Ferdzy
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posted 20 December 2005 05:48 PM      Profile for Ferdzy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We went out and saw this just a few nights back. It is one of my favourite books by one of my favourite childrens authors (Diana Wynne Jones). The movie is quite different from the book, but I thought it was well done. Can't help wishing it was a bit more like the book, but I liked that they left her hair silver-grey at the end of the movie when the curse was removed.


Howl's Moving Castle


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ronb
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posted 20 December 2005 07:46 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Miyazaki is a genius, perhaps the greatest animator ever. If you liked Howls' Moving Castle - which I did very much, in spite of its very abrupt and confusing climax, , may I also recommend Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke? And of course his masterpiece Spirited Away.
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posted 21 December 2005 11:54 AM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We loved "Howl's Moving Castle" -- we took the girls to see it on the big screen. Miyazaki's work is beautiful. I would note, though, that "Princess Mononoke" is pretty violent, and not great for young kids. "Nausicaa" is supposed to be very good, although we haven't seen it just yet.
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posted 21 December 2005 12:24 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nausicaa has some pretty traumatic scenes, ala Princess Mononoke that I wouldn't suggest for young kids. My Neighbour Totoro, Proco Russo and The Cat Returns are all AWESOME Miyazaki films. For the older child who loves James Bond, perhaps The Castle of Cagilliostro is good.
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posted 21 December 2005 12:29 PM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Kiki's Delivery Service is another really charming Miyazaki film -- great for kids. Beautiful animation, a nice story, and nothing that will freak younger kids out.
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posted 21 December 2005 03:08 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Laputa and Spirited Away, too.

Panda! Go Panda! was pretty cute too.

For the mature member of this forum that wants a psychadelic experience, although not Miyazaki related, check out Furi Kuri, also known as FLCL. It's CRAZY good! And the OST is pretty fun.


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posted 21 December 2005 04:27 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks. Now I've got the Panda Go Panda Go Panda song in my head.
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posted 21 December 2005 06:37 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ronb:
Thanks. Now I've got the Panda Go Panda Go Panda song in my head.

AND YOU'RE LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!


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Ferdzy
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posted 22 December 2005 12:22 AM      Profile for Ferdzy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Aha!

Every "live" person I've asked about HMC has said "What?" I figured I'd have better luck here.

So, anyone read the book?

I was really quite fascinated by the differences, and I'm still trying to work out how I feel about them. I'd like to get the movie on video, because it's so visually dense that I'm sure lots just flew right by me.


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posted 22 December 2005 12:43 AM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I read the book shortly after seeing the movie. Though the story is basically the same, it has a completely different tone. The scenes that are different in the movie really highlight this, though it's apparent throughout. I guess a Miyazaki movie is always a Miyazaki movie, no matter where it comes from (not that I'm complaining).

I was actually surprised by how excellent the book was. It was fantastically charming and magical. It's hard to believe, but I enjoyed it more than the movie, and Miyazaki is one of my favourite filmakers. And to think I probably never would have read it. Now I keep reminding myself to track down more of her books.


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posted 22 December 2005 12:54 AM      Profile for Ferdzy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There was a sequel, called "Castle in the Air". Miyazaki has mixed some things from the sequel into the movie. There was no war in the first book, for instance, but there was in the second. The sequel was not quite as good a book as "Howl's Moving Castle", but I enjoyed it.

The one thing I didn't like that Miyazaki did was that he had the stepmother betray Sophy. In the book, I thought it was an important part of the theme that Sophy had a lot of wrong ideas about how the world should/did work which made her underestimate how important and strong her family really was. Part of her being old was that she could see that if her stepmother made mistakes in dealing with the girls it was just because she was a fallible human being, not because she didn't love them and wasn't doing her best.

My favourite Diana Wynne Jones book (and yes, I think I have read them all but one) is "Archer's Goon". Probably the ONLY book I have ever read that had a plot twist that completely blindsided me.


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posted 23 December 2005 04:32 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Ferdzy:
There was a sequel, called "Castle in the Air". Miyazaki has mixed some things from the sequel into the movie. There was no war in the first book, for instance, but there was in the second. The sequel was not quite as good a book as "Howl's Moving Castle", but I enjoyed it.

Laputa is a sequel? Pre-quel...thing.


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Ferdzy
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posted 24 December 2005 10:48 AM      Profile for Ferdzy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Papal Bull:

Laputa is a sequel? Pre-quel...thing.


Um, there was a movie called "Laputa"? No, I'm talking about the books by Diana Wynne Jones.


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Jacob Two-Two
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posted 24 December 2005 11:05 AM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The novel "Castle in the air" is the sequel to the novel "Howl's moving castle", both by Diana Wynne-Jones.

Not to be confused with the Miyazaki movie "Castle in the sky" which has nothing at all to do with the Miyazaki movie "Howl's moving castle".

There is no film of "Castle in the air".


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Papal Bull
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posted 24 December 2005 12:56 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That kind of came out of left-field leaving me confused. Thanks for clearing that up Jacob.
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