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Episode 36: Howl’s Moving Castle – Beast’s Moving Batcave

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The Rotoscopers take an introspective dive into the Studio Ghibli film, Howl’s Moving Castle! Join in as they review, discuss, analyze, think deeply and talk shallowly on this Miyazaki film!


  • Jurassic Park mini review by Mason
  • News: Finding Dory, Monsters University Alumni Letter, Disney’s Frozen Soundtrack leaked? and Elsa concept art leaked.
  • Main discussion: Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Somethings Chelsea’s noticed about Miyazaki films: BAM! Welcome to crazy.
  • A very introspective film and cultural questions.
  • Character and voice actor discussion: Sophie, Markl, [Wicked] Witch of the Waste
  • Mason and Chelsea’s mustache rant.
  • Character and voice actor discussion: Christian Bale as Howl, Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski) as Calcifer.
  • Comparison to Beauty and the Beast.
  • Family themes, very sporadic ending, Sophie’s magic kiss.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemail and Twitter replies.
  • Mailbag: Mulan Episode, how The Rotoscopers met, other places to meet animation fans, Rise of the Gardians episode.
  • Final thoughts: Next ‘Nerdy Couch Discussion’ preview.
  • Bloopers: Rumbly in Morgan’s tumbly, Rotoscopers fan fiction and fan art, Wiki Clicks…Fun Game!

Runtime: 1:28:05, 45.6 MB


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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.