The 2nd Dimension

Friday, March 18, 2005

Howl's Movie Castle Details

According to Anime News Service:

New information was released in Japan Thursday on the American release of Howl's Moving Castle. The film, directed by Hayao Miyazaki will debut in the U.S. on June 16th in 60 cities. All told, it's expected to appear on 700-800 screens. An initial release in 3 cities (Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco) will occur June 10th. The English voice cast includes: Christian Bale (Batman Begins) as Howl, Jean Simmons as Old Sophie (Young Sophie is undecided), Lauren Bacall as Witch of Waste, Billy Crystal as Calcifer and Blythe Danner as Madamm Salliman. Distribution will be handled by Walt Disney. This will be the 3rd Ghibli film to open in the USA following Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Spirited Away grossed a 10 million 56 thousand dollar profit in America and the expectation for Howl's raises that figure by about 2 million 375 thousand dollars. Monsters Inc.'s Pete Doctor will direct the English dialogue.

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