Howls Moving Castle

Movie • 2004 • Adventure  

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When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.
This movie contains 26 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is there screaming?
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Howls house falls aparr
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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Abandonment
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misto
Sophie leaves the hat shop without saying goodbye to her mother or the other employees.
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LiteratureNerd
Left unclear but there is a child in the castle and we don't know anything about his backstory
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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KendaBlair
When Sophie first meets Howl, they are followed by the witch of the wastes's minions and the witch of the wastes later appears in Sophie's workplace uninvited after hours. Sophie's second meeting with Howl includes a note secretly left in her possession by the witch of the wastes. Howl later includes the Witch of the Wastes in the ranks of people and things he has run from or continues to run from. These incidents heavily imply that the witch of the wastes is stalking Howl, and her hex on Sophie was partly because Sophy was with Howl during the morning that day.
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
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RamenDestroyer
Someone does smoke a cigar.
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
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DoesDaDooDye
There are bird-like demonic creatures that get hit by lightning in the far distance and seem to fall dead from the sky.
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Angecael
When Sophie is cleaning there are multiple big spiders she cleans out.
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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canidaeTrot
while Sophie is cleaning, she chases away various bugs in the process
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Does a woman get slapped?
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is someone held under water?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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DoesDaDooDye
Someone is trapped, tightly surrounded by a great ball of birdlike demonic creatures in the distance.
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kulmikas
no one is assaulted but sophie gets harassed by some men on the street
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Bodily Harm
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iamconstantine
Sophie has her hair cut in the film's finale.
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Are any hands damaged?
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Are there dislocations?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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kulmikas
a person is struggling to walk up stairs and is sweating and very out of breath
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Is there decapitation?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone choked?
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canidaeTrot
the Witch of the Waste catches on fire as she grabs Calcifer [the living fire], but she lives
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Lemon.emon
There are characters that go through physical transformations (grow wings, sprout feathers, etc) it's not anything graphic by any means, there's no blood, but it can be a little unsettling
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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A scarecrow character that hops on its pole snaps his pole (if that counts for some people), but is instantly healed the next moment. In that moment, the whole body (glove fingers, included) contorts in unnatural positions, a sort of quivering moment, before relaxing and returning to normal.

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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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mistofviolet
The witch's powers are drained without consent or warning and it appears uncomfortable.
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is someone stabbed?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
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Not graphic.
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It appears that howl has died; he is fine in the end.
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
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Lemon.emon
Lottie says Sophie got kidnapped by Howl, but that wasn't the case. No one gets kidnapped, but a character thinks it.
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Does a parent die?
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iamconstantine
Sophie's father is mentioned to have passed, but nothing about it is shown.
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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DoesDaDooDye
No, but there is an alarmingly loud moment of bombs exploding after a quiet time.
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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MeepMeep
no clowns but there is a freaky living scarecrow who I would call clown-adjacent.
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DoesDaDooDye
A glistening lake, and a city waterfront.
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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Anonymous
howl tells calcifer to warm the water for his bath multiple times and there are short scenes in the bathroom etc.
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Lemon.emon
There are heads and busts in the hat shop, none of them have faces or features, they're just to display the hats
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Is someone eaten?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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JustARandomBugBoi
No but there is a scene where The Witch Of The Waists, sweats A LOT.
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Is there farting?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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No. Nor military propaganda. The war that takes place over the course of the film, and is seen as a negative thing altogether.
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FrogsAreGood
Howl’s old mentor kinda tries to trap howl and Sophie but no prisons
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Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
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mistofviolet
A witch's powers are drained in a similar looking scene
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mistofviolet
But there is a scene with feather like things that are re absorbed and reminiscent of needles.
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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No but howl does go gloopy with green slime and idk if that may bother ppl if you have a phobia of fluids idk
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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FrogsAreGood
Not confirmed. Some characters display traits of mental illness and Howls emotions are a bit up and down
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Does someone self harm?
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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FrogsAreGood
Several times and unfortunately it’s important to the plot
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FrogsAreGood
Whilst he isn’t confirmed Autistic so it’s not exactly a meltdown in an Autism sense, Howl gets very distressed when his hair changes colour. He makes big facial expressions/gestures and then falls into a bit of a depressive state. Then sort of becomes a bird…. It’s hard to explain lol
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Is there misophonia?
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Lemon.emon
There's a scene with them eating breakfast and several scenes where calcifer food and other items
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Pantalones
Howl falls into a state of depression after his hair color is accidentally changed. Sofie is initially freaked out by her old-lady body but quickly adapts.
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howl does seem to struggle with his physical appearance and only considered himself beautiful as a blonde. he uses an extensive combination of potions to achieve that. when these potions get accidentally messed up by sophie and turns back dark-haired, he flies essentially in to a rage and appears greatly distressed.
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amberw
Not explicitly, but a character does say something along the lines of “There is no point in living if I cannot be beautiful.”
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alba04
Unsure. Howl seems to have nervous breakdowns of some kind.
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Pendragon
There are a few instances that could feel somewhat claustrophobic, like howl’s cluttered enclosed bedroom in the nightmare or the castle after collapsing for example. Cramped spaces but no intense claustrophobia
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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FrogsAreGood
There’s a scene where Sophie is floating through a kind of non existent in between space and it’s black and there’s bubbles around her so idk that might trigger similar reactions for some ppl
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
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During war scenes, there are moments that could be seen as flashing, particularly some explosions. The image changed from near black metal to bright yellow-orange flames within very few frames, which may be a problem for people with photo-sensitive conditions if they are in a dark room.
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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iamconstantine
The Witch of the Waste is a very large woman who has "lost her beauty", and she struggles to climb up a staircase.
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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amberw
Though probably not intentional, when characters are to be to be viewed as “ugly” or “undesirable” they are often depicted with a large hooked nose.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Religious
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FrogsAreGood
Calcifer is referred to as a demon and there are a few witches and wizards. No specific religions mentioned.
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misto
Calcifer is a fire demon. He is not portrayed as "bad" and does not come from Hell.
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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lalalink
Nothing graphic—Howl is the only character seen partially nude, as he is covering himself with a towel; all that is revealed to the viewer is his butt.
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there BDSM?
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Does someone lose their virginity?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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willgrahamasmygender
not directly, but as howl is greatly distressed due to his messed up potions and questioning his beauty and worth in life, it is downplayed and he is viewed as over dramatic.
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Are there fat suits?
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Is existentialism debated?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Does it have a sad ending?
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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iamconstantine
The movie takes place during an ongoing war, and several military crafts are seen being destroyed.
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
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mistofviolet
There's a war and there are explosions in the background. It's not suggested they are nuclear in nature.
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Is there blood/gore?
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Does someone drown?
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mistofviolet
The war is a backdrop and there are soldiers marching around. Planes shoot and drop bombs. There is a fantasy element to any of the fighting the characters are directly involved in.
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