Howl's Moving Castle
Teenager Sophie works in her late father's hat shop in a humdrum town. But things get interesting when she's transformed into an elderly woman by the evil Witch of the Waste. Determined to reverse the spell, Sophie seeks the help of a wizard.
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- Hayao Miyazaki
PGFrightening images and brief mild language
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurettes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Howl's Moving Castle is a gorgeous animated fantasy that includes mildly scary images (featureless blob-men, wraithlike wizards, explosions, and background war scenes) and a couple of dark night scenes. There's a bit of peril, when main characters seem to be in danger or possibly injured. Its primary imagery is magical and whimsical, including the rather charming titular castle, which clatters and wheezes, walking on mechanical legs.
- Sexual Content
- Background chatter about romance; some romantic tension between central characters and discussion of being in love.
- Explosions and war scenes (no bodies). Some potentially scary blob-men who chase after the main characters. Several moments of peril. One early scene where two soldiers intimidate and ogle the main female character.
- A few colorful insults.
- Social Behavior
- There's a strong anti-war message running throughout. Kindness wins over cruelty and selfishness. Being old is not interpreted as a negative, but instead a state where one is wiser, more peaceful. Beauty is initially coveted, but ultimately becomes irrelevant.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A character smokes a cigar, which is called a "pleasure."
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it