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06/20/2005: "HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE"

I watched the subtitled version of Howl's Moving Castle last night in a sold-out theater screening. The audience laughed and cheered throughout the picture, and at the end they broke out into applause. Celshaded elements occur here and there, but the hand-drawn work steals the show. One of my favorite parts involves a slow "race" upstairs between an underexercised Witch of the Waste and an ancient crone lugging a sad old dog who can't climb the stairs on his own.

The film acheived widespread release this weekend, though not all of the 202 theaters showing it right now will continue to do so after this Tuesday. I'll be catching the dubbed version this Tuesday night, and I encourage all who enjoy hand-drawn animated films to catch this film in theaters while they can.

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