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The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Hardcover – July 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Second Edition edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421500493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421500492
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media. "

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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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I needed to get my girlfriend a gift, and I decided on this book.
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Bought this as a gift for someone who is a fan of the movie, and they absolutely love it!
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Nice printing, the rich colors and gorgeous artwork of the movie are beautifully intact.
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87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Sonomi on August 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle is a perfect compendium of almost everything having to do with the movie and artwork. The only thing lacking is of course, is the gorgeous soundtrack from the movie. (For that I recommend purchasing the Ost [IMPORT] Howl's Moving Castle Audio CD and listening to it while you peruse this beautiful book.)

Anyone who is a fan of the movie, Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, the artwork, and the screenplay will LOVE this book.

Here is why this book is really worth every penny:

CONTENTS:

Intro

- Production Synopsis

Part 1

- Contains Miyazaki's storyboards. His original concept sketches of the characters, backgrounds, and settings. You get to see the original artwork from the creator's mind. A chance to marvel at Miyazaki's inventiveness, and appreciate the Studio Ghibli animators' talents in bringing it to life on screen.

Part 2

- Neary 200 pages of beautifully printed scenes from the movie (all in color of course, glossy, crisp), following the entire storyline from start to finish, in a very clean layout. Each scene from the movie has concept art, sketches, and final prints. Nice printing, the rich colors and gorgeous artwork of the movie are beautifully intact. Large images, including a few two-page spreads (one of Howl in resting in bed after his "traumatic" hair experience.) *If you are keen to revisit the scenes from the movie, you will definetely not find this book to be lacking, it is chock full of images.

- All scenes have text captions and many include insights from the Studio Ghibli's artists and animators on how they worked to achieve Miyazaki's desired artistic effect.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Oxa O D. on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of the film Howl's Moving Castle, I was delighted to see this book being sold so cheap here on Amazon. The book is hardback, and overall, well presented.

My only complaint with the book is that the majority of it only contains stills from the film. They look great, of course, but I was hoping there would be more concept work, as well as pages dedicated to just backgrounds, as they were some of the most beautiful ones I had ever seen in an animated film.

In a nutshell: A good book with some beautiful art, which is cheap, though it contains mainly stills from the film, not a lot of concept work.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Hu on June 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Following in the tradition of The Art of Spirited Away, this book captures some of the best work in progress art for the film. The paper is glossy, the size is perfect for a coffee table book, and the colors span a wide, wide range, though perhaps not as much as those in Spirited Away.

If you like The Art of Spirited Away, get this. There is something odd about it though. It's listed as being in paperback. The version I picked up at Barnes and Noble was most certainly not a paperback, and was in the exact same covering as The Art of Spirited Away, which is listed as a hardcover. Why is this?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Cazorla on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you loved the movie, you will love this book, The Art of Howl's Moving Castle it's hard cover, with original sketches, storyboards and the final screenplay!

The book explains every step of the complex story, from the original book adaptation to the final movie. Also have quotes and articles from creators of each process (designers, art directors, supervising animators, etc.) It's like seeing the movie scene by scene with artist commentaries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maulik V. Kataria on March 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Being a great Miyazaki fan I really love this book. Even though majority of the books is filled with movie stills, I love it. I revisit those pictures in the books and get myself lost in the beauty of colors. Also being a student of animation, I really get to learn a lot of things. Character concepts and other drawings are really helpful. I highly recommend this book for anybody who likes stories, animation and colors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ariana Fragoso on July 10, 2013
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The movie is great, in fact it is one of my favorite movies, so I had great expectations for this book. The thing that annoyed me the most was the lack of general concept art, or rather previous versions of characters' design or something like that. Most of the book consisted in stills from the movie. But it had great information detailing the process, shortcomings, obstacles they had during production. Buy it if you are interested in that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on February 17, 2007
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And a heavy one. A hardcover book, with over 250 pages, and full of tons of data from the movie. Page after page of artwork dealing with scenes and character designs. It also has the English language screenplay. It also has information on the computer digital work and articles from many of the people who worked on the anime. A great art book that, if you are a fan of Hovel's Moving Castle, is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By djc on April 25, 2011
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Great book for high school students who are a fan of Hayao Miyazaki's art work. I have a student who is majoring in Art and this was a great gift. The original sketches are included along with the actual drawings used in the film. It shows the progression of the characters into the final form used for production. My student loves this book.
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