As Disney gets set for its June 10 release of the English-language version of director Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature, Howls Moving Castle, a trailer for the Mouse House treatment has emerged online.
Animation fans have been eagerly awaiting the North American release of Miyazakis follow-up to his Oscar-winning 2002 fantasy masterpiece, Spirited Away. Howls played at the Venice Intl film festival in September of 2004 and bowed to great success in Japan in November.
Based on a fantasy book written by Diana Wynne Jones with a script by Reiko Yoshida, the movie centers on an enchanted 18-year-old named Sophie who transformed into an old woman and encounters a wizard who inhabits a magical moving castle.
The English-language version is directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) and features the voices of Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Emily Mortimer, Billy Crystal and Blythe Danner.
On April 29, The Tokyo Museum of Contemproary Art is launching a 100-day exhibit titled Howls Moving Castle Big Circus Update." The show focuses on what happens to the films main characters after the movie ends and they form a circus group.
The Howls Moving Castle trailer can be downloaded at