So I found this papercraft version of Howl’s Castle from Miyazaki‘s latest film. This was pointed out by the fine folks at MAKE Blog. (Update: It’s been taken down and re-found at its new home thanks to PaperKraft.)
An excellent fantasy that marks a return to coherent form over Spirited Away (of which I was one of perhaps five Miyazaki fans who didn’t dig the movie–c’est la guerre), it’s about a young woman (Emily Mortimer) who runs into the Howl (Christian Bale) of the title and winds up with a curse placed upon her by the Witch of the Waste (Lauren Bacall). Her quest to return to normal leads her to meet an array of fantastic characters and of course, the normal other-things you run into in a fantastical quest: danger, villains, mayhem, and hijinks. Not necessarily in that order.
While it’s nowhere near the special edition we’re sure this thing got in Japan, this Buena Vista release gives you the most important part: the movie looking damn good. There’s also a short “behind-the-mic” featurette, interviews with Pete Docter and John Lasseter, a visit by Miyazaki to Pixar Studios, trailers, and the complete storyboards of the film.
Written by Christopher Wicking
Directed by Ronny Yu
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Rhys Ifans, Meat Loaf
- Cinemax special: The Making of Formula 51
- Theatrical trailer
Released by: Columbia TriStar.
My Advice: Wait for cable.
Some are born with the capability of enjoying an enhanced state of being. Others achieve it through years of study and meditation. But most people believe that instant gratification is the ticket and take drugs to reach the ultimate. And outlaw chemist Elmo McElroy (Jackson) has supposedly developed the chemical express train to nirvana: POS 51. Since he doesn’t have a good profit sharing plan with his boss, the Lizard (Loaf), Elmo sends him his resignation in the form of a very large bomb. He plans to head to Liverpool to sell his formula for a $20 million payoff. Unfortunately, the Lizard survived and sends his assassin Dakota (Mortimer) to “enforce” his non-disclosure agreement with Elmo. Things just get more and more complicated as Elmo tries to cash in on Formula 51?