"Howl's Moving Castle" is a fantasy anime by critically acclaimed director/writer Hayao Miyazaki. Like his foemer movies, also this one is something brilliant and very thoughtful, kind of emotional, gives goosebumbs at some parts and has just a beautiful script. It is also beautiully animated. This is a movie that most children will enjoy, but i especially recommend this to adults, because i think they will recognize the art behind this movie.
If you have seen "Princess Mononoke" first, then know, that "Howl's moving castle" is not nearly as violent as this movie.
However, it has its moments and is not as family-friendly as "Kiki's Delivery Service".
The movie is a very fairytale-like story, but set in a terrifying war scenario. You see some bombings and apocalyptic images.
However, it is not disturbing.
A heart is a strong plot element, but it is never clearly seen, always hidden by flames.
One scene, where Howl is all covered in slime can be scary to younger viewers.
However, the movie is not too strong.
This movie has messages, that optical look can never be as important as inner beauty.
Suitable for viewers 8 and up.