Sunday, February 5, 2012

Howl's Moving Castle: a regular pigeon day

Title: Howl's Moving Castle
Year: 2004
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Running time: 119 min.
Country: Japan

Sophie Hatter, a young girl, is transformed into an old woman when she is cursed. She helps Wizard Howl to remove the curse and return to her original appearance. Howl asks her to attend to an appointment with the new Royal Wizard. He promises her that he is going to be with her disguised but he doesn’t reveal which kind of disguise he plans to use. During her way to the palace Sophie asks herself about Howl's disguise. She looks at a flock of pigeons on a statue and wonders if Howl is one of these animals... no way!!

Details of the pigeon starring 

  • Source:  Howl's Moving Castle. Starring moment: 0:50:34
  • Pigeon activity: Staying on the top of a big statue... typical activity for urban pigeons. It is a very realistic representation. You can even notice the pigeon droppings on the statue.
  • Symbolism: They represent the typical urban pigeons.
  • Relevance: Very low. They are used for presenting a city full of life and activities but they don't have any relevance in the rest of the movie.
  • Training level: Not applicable.

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