Friday, June 17, 2005

I saw the new Hayao Miyazaki film, Howl's Moving Castle, today.

Uh. Wow.

This is an absolutely beautiful fairy tale film, and Miyazaki crafts a gorgeous and complex, but still very accessible fantasy film that's a brilliant new take on the Wizard of Oz. He has a lot to say and show in his films, but they never feel burdensome. Listen to what he has to say about getting old, loneliness, and arrogance.

Pixar has been tapped to do the English dub, which includes an all-star cast (Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, hardworking VO actor Crispin Freeman, etc.).

Hey, these actors get to do a Miyazaki and a Pixar film in one shot! Do they realize how lucky they are?

Anyway, see the film. See all of Miyazaki's films. They're incredible, and incredibly rewarding.

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