Watched – Howl’s Moving Castle

On Saturday Tim and I went to see Howl’s Moving Castle in the theater. I found it was playing in one of those theaters that carries movies that just moved out of most theaters. Now Howl’s did not have a huge release, so I was quite surprised to find it playing there.

Howl’s Moving Castle is Hayao Miyazaki’s newest film. He is the director of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and many more.

We both loved this film, it has a great story with wonderful and fun characters. The animation is great, and a nice change from all the 3D stuff America if pumping out these days. If you have enjoyed any of Miyazaki’s previous work, you will love Howl’s Moving Castle.

Plot outline from IMDB:

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home

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    WOW: the Text Adventure (article on WIRED)

    Welcome to World of Warcraft: The Text Adventure.

    You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully. There is an elf with an exclamation point above her head here.

    >Talk elf

    “Alas,” she says. “There is a great darkness upon the land. Fifty years ago the Dwarf Lord Al’ham’bra came upon the Dragon Locket in the Miremuck Caverns. He immediately recognized the …”

    > Click Accept

    “Hey,” the elf protests. “This is important expository. Azeroth is a rich and storied land, with a tapestry of interwoven …”

    > Click Accept

    “OK, fine. Bring me six kobold tails.”

    > Shout “Where are the Kobolds?”

    You hear a voice in the distance. “NE of stream, near lake.” You hear another voice in the distance. “Right near lake.” You hear another voice in the distance. “LF1M! Need priest!”

    > Go NE

    A small ramshackle house sits atop a hill, apparently abandoned. At the foot of the hill is a large field. The field is swarming with kobolds, their tails swinging seductively in the breeze.

    > Kill kobold

    You kill a kobold. You get a kobold tail.

    > Kill kobold

    You kill a kobold. You get two pieces of silver and a kobold tail.

    > Kill kobold

    You kill a kobold. You get three pieces of silver and an apple.

    > What, no tail?

    Apparently this was the rare but majestic Manx kobold.

    > You said they had tails

    You hear a voice in the distance. “LF1M just need any healer ready to go!”

    > Kill three kobolds

    You kill three kobolds. You get eight pieces of silver and four tails.

    > Four tails?

    Maybe it’s something in the water around here.

    > Go SW

    You return to the stream where the elf waits, a golden question mark floating above her head as if to say “Huh?”

    > Talk to elf

    “At long last, you’ve returned!” the elf cries. “I had feared that you …”

    > Click Complete Quest

    The elf snorts and hands you a slimy, rusted, bent dagger with runes on it reading “Discount Shiv Warehouse — Bring us a lower price, we’ll stab it.”

    > Look at dagger

    It’s a noxious, poorly-balanced piece of crap, but it’s better than the weapon you have right now.

    > What do I have now?

    It’s not clear from the decay, but you think it may have once been a whisk.

    > Wield dagger

    You look slightly less feeble. A knight rides by on a gleaming white charger. He is bedecked from head to toe with shining armor. His shoulder armor alone is big enough to house you, your family and any pets you pick up at the auction house, and still have room to hang that pathetic dagger of yours on the wall as a constant reminder of your utter weakness compared to a true man like him.

    > Pout

    You hear a voice in the distance. “LF2M need healer and tank!”

    > Talk to elf

    “I have another task for you,” the elf says. “In the east there are …”

    > Click Accept

    “Take this bag of jelly to Commander Wolfchow in Cramhollow Dale.”

    > Go to Cramhollow Dale

    You run to Cramhollow Dale. You run and run. You run and run and run. You keep on running. Someone runs past you, faster. You keep running. Two gnomes run past you in the opposite direction. Still you run. You’re not there yet. What are you going to do?

    > Run

    That’s right, bunky. You’re gonna run. You continue to run and run and run and run and … whoa, you’re in Cramhollow Dale. A tall man who looks like a lot of the other tall men around here has a question mark over his head.

    > Give bag of jelly to man

    “Good!” says …

    > Click Complete Quest, Accept, whatever, just get on with it

    “Take this crate of liver back to Elfiwee Muttonscorner near the gully stream.”

    > Go back to stream

    You run. You run and run. You run and run and run.

    > Wonder aloud why I find this so damn compelling

    You hear a voice in the distance. “Need group! No quitters!”

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