You Get a Curse, You Get A Curse, Everybody Gets a Curse: A Review of Howl’s Moving Castle

Prologue: mee-yah-ZAH-kee

     To better understand Howl’s Moving Castle it helps to understand it’s origins. Howl’s Moving Castle was the first book in a series written by Diana Wynne Jones in the 1980’s.  The books go into depth on several subjects the movie barely touches on or offers in what could be considered a hurried fashion. The books are worthwhile and prove to be very complimentary to the film. Fear not, the books are not required reading as the movie is otherwise an extensive reworking by the one and only Miyazaki-sama.

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You Get a Curse, You Get A Curse, Everybody Gets a Curse: A Review of Howl’s Moving Castle

Neighbors For Life: A Review of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

To say that I am a Miyazaki fan is a great understatement. I put his film fight up there with Disney classics. The smoothly painted and animated images that dance on screen just as colorful, with the exception that Ghibli films are animated 60 frames per second instead of Disney’s 40. This gives his work a very realistic motion. Of course Studio Ghibli fan will recognize Totoro, the Micky Mouse of the studio as it were; becoming the mascot and logo for the company. This is Miyasaki’s most beloved film worldwide, and for good reason. Many of his films deal with concepts of human arrogance: pollution, deforestation, good characters being forced to do bad, greed etc. My Neighbor Totoro deals with a very simple, yet all encompassing concept, life. Growth, youth, death, and spirit are the things that our lovely neighbor brings to light in this film.

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Neighbors For Life: A Review of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO