Howl cartoon movie news

andrew osmond andrew at
Thu Dec 19 18:43:07 EST 2002

Don't think that has been posted yet. (the web-site of
the trade paper Screen International), reports the following...

New Hayao Miyazaki film heads Toho line-up

Mark Schilling in Tokyo                 17 December 2002 04:05 
Three new works by Japanese animation powerhouses head Toho’s line-up
for 2003-2004. 

Leading the line-up is Howl’s Moving Castle, the latest film by Hayao
Miyazaki, whose Spirited Away set an all-time Japanese box office record
last year and is being tipped for an Academy Award nomination. 

Based on a 1986 children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones about a girl who
is transformed into an old woman by a wizard’s spell, the film was
originally set to be directed by Mamoru Hosoda for a summer 2003

A director for Toei Animation, Hosoda was the first outsider chosen to
helm a film for Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, but Hosoda quit the project
several months ago, after failing to come up with a concept satisfactory
to his Studio Ghibli bosses. The film then remained in limbo, until
Miyazaki decided to direct it himself. The official start of production
is February 1, with completion scheduled for the spring of 2004 and
release for the summer of the same year...

[There's also some 'concept art' from the film here: ]
andrew osmond

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