68. Howl’s Moving Castle

Leah and Kaylia attempt to separate their love of the book from their disappointment in the movie and discuss the very different stories the two are attempting to tell. We try to answer the important questions like… How do these two much-loved things actually connect to one another? How much slime is the right amount of slime? Who is this movie for? What happened to Sophie’s sisters? Can you adapt an English fairy tale into a Japanese anime movie about a Middle Eastern war and set it somewhere in France? Should you? Plus Star Trek trivia!  Enjoy!

Howl’s Moving Castle is a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, first published in 1986. It was a runner-up for the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and it won the Phoenix Award twenty years later, recognizing its rise from relative obscurity.

Howl’s Moving Castle is the first novel in the series of books called the Howl Series. This series also includes Castle in the Air, published in 1990, and House of Many Ways, published in 2008.


Howl’s Moving Castle (Japanese: ハウルの動く城, Hepburn: Hauru no Ugoku Shiro) is a 2004 Japanese animatedfantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is loosely based on the 1986 novel of the same name by British author Diana Wynne Jones. The film was produced by Toshio Suzuki, animated by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Toho. The Japanese voice cast featured Chieko Baisho and Takuya Kimura, while the English dub version starred Jean Simmons, Emily Mortimer, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal.


Returning Special Guest: Leah!

(You might remember her from our Jurassic Park, Enola Holmes, High Fidelity, or Interview With The Vampire episodes!)

This Pages and Popcorn Podcast episode was produced by Kaylia Metcalfe and featured “Pages and Popcorn Podcast Theme” / M.D. Arms

Book and movie recap runs from 7.51 – 19.03

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Show Notes / Sources

As promised: Star Trek Into Darkness and HMC trailer SMASH

The Last Unicorn

Fruits Basket

Spirited Away

Other Miyazaki movies

Sibling tropes

Rule of Three in fiction

The issues of purity culture aka why the concept of virginity is patriarchial bullshit

The Poem by John Done

Quakers

background of Godzilla

Mushu aka Eddie Murphy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl%27s_Moving_Castle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl%27s_Moving_Castle_(film)

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/howls-moving-castle-2005

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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