The 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film Howl’s Moving Castle is much loved and award winning. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki the movie is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by British author Diana Wynne Jones.
Studio Ghibli brought it to life and Jean Simmons, Emily Mortimer, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal dubbed an English version.
It tells the story of a fictional kingdom where both magic and early 20th-century technology exist side-by-side. In the midst of a war with another kingdom a young woman named Sophie turned into an old woman. This leads to her meeting a wizard, Howl and she gets caught up in his resistance movement. Writer / director Miyazaki channeled his opposition to the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003 into the story and it contains strong anti-war themes.
You won’t be dodging drone strikes and cowering in fear at a wedding party in Studio Ghibli Land though. However you can visit Howl’s very own castle – which will conveniently not move. Plans and artists images have appeared online showing the design and scale.
Ghibli Park will be opened 2022 in Aichi Prefecture. Howl's Castle and Irontown of Princess Mononoke will be reporduced !! pic.twitter.com/twPxz61CvR
— otakujp (@otakucalendarjp) February 4, 2021
There is concept art showing Howl’s Moving Castle and a first look at Princess Mononoke village, which will be one of five areas in the theme park.
If you are in the US you can get back up to speed on all things Studio Ghibli as HBO Max has dumped the back catalogue on that service. Give it a watch while waiting for Justice League!