News from a 1995 live-action sequel Whisper of the heart has hit the internet and Studio Ghibli fans have plenty to be excited about. Viewers familiar and new to the film will be taken on an ongoing adventure with this follow-up story, featuring the talents of Nana Seino and Tori Matsuzaka as the main characters.
With the voice talents dubbed Brittney Snow and David Gallagher in the moving picture, there’s likely to be a big buzz around Hollywood actors dubbing the sequel live for English-speaking audiences. Studio Ghibli is beloved for its diverse cast and compelling animation. Just as Hayao Miyazaki’s characters are magnetic and influential, the Hollywood voice composition that brings them to life in the English dubs gives them an equally captivating new dynamic.
Billy Crystal: Calcifer (Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle)
Calcifer, the fire demon, is a crucial element and character in Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle. A loyal friend to Howl and later Sophie, he brings a distinct comic element to the story. His role is critical, so it’s no surprise that the actor for his English-dubbed role is equally notable.
Voiced by Billy Crystal in the English dub, his adaptation stands out from the rest. Dubbed movies don’t allow actors to incorporate a lot of improvisation. This casting is so awesome because Crystal’s challenge of finding the right voice and tone for this little flame has to be there. Crystal’s comedic instincts and underrated skills as a dramatic actor bring this dynamic character to life in stunning ways.
Mark Hamill: Colonel Muska (Castle in the Sky)
Determined for power, Muska is a compelling villain. He’s a character who gets colder and colder as the film progresses, effectively keeping the audience against him. Muska needs to be understood as a calculating government agent; there is a sadistic side to him as he abandons his entire team for his mission.
Joining the dark side, Mark Hamill is the clever yet intriguing antagonist. He brings a sinister element to this character that indeed makes the audience wait for his demise. Hamill never disappoints with his range and ability to encapsulate character effortlessly. His ability to turn his voice into Muska proves why he is considered one of Hollywood’s most talented voice actors.
Lauren Bacall: Waste Witch (Howl’s Moving Castle)
The conniving, waste-loving witch is not a woman to play with Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle. She is a powerful entity in this story and is portrayed much more terrifyingly and powerfully in the novel. His place in the story gives audiences an alluring antagonist that it’s hard not to be captivated by.
Recognized for her contribution to the golden age of Hollywood cinema, Bacall’s distinctive raspy voice brings an elegance to the character of the witch. This might be overlooked compared to Japanese drag queen Akihiro Miwa’s role in the character’s original voice. Although her distinct voice matches the intensity of Akihiro Miwa’s, Bacall offers a specific take on the witch. This gives it a seductive twist and charms the audience.
Gillian Anderson: Moro (Princess Mononoke)
A powerful 300-year-old mountain spirit in the form of a white wolf, Moro plays a powerful and distinctive role in Princess Mononoke. She is both wise and shrewd when faced with the tricks of the human race.
Gillian Anderson gives this secondary character a powerful presence without overshadowing the film’s main characters. This performance is distinguished by the hushed calm of her voice, while offering quite powerful and aggressive lines. Anderson’s performance as Moro shows her understanding of the character she plays: a protective mother and ancient forest goddess.
Christian Bale: Howl (Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle)
Howl Jenkins Pendragon is a powerful wizard. Interpreted early in the story as vain and allusive, it has a large narrative arc. As audiences follow the story, it proves endearing and caring, especially for protagonist Sophie.
Christian Bale’s voice is recognizable around the world. When he uses his Batman’s angsty performance to effectively portray the dashing Howl, his portrayal matches the film and the novel’s character brilliantly. Portracting the title character from Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castleaudiences see that his range and ability to unveil amazing characters is not limited to being in front of the camera.
Minnie Driver: Lady Eboshi (Princess Mononoke)
A complex character, Lady Eboshi not only embodies the characteristics of a ruthless tyrant, but also proves to be strong-willed. She understands the injustices women face in society. His character is calm and collected, which gives him his status as a leader.
Yuko Tanaka’s original portrayal is both cunning and arrogant, however, Minnie Driver’s deliverance as the leader of Irontown gives us the exact same elements and more. Known for her voice work in Tarzan as Curious Jane, audiences hear another side of Driver’s talents here. She implements an authority that matches the behavior of Lady Eboshi. Driver is great in the role as there is a unique delicacy in her voice as Lady Eboshi.
Cloris Leachman: Dola (Castle in the Sky)
Dola is a successful hijacker due to her brave and resourceful nature. She’s set up for an intriguing story arc. The audience gets to know her greed as she wants nothing more than treasures. As her character grows, she is seen as heartwarming and comical.
A decorated actress, Cloris Leachman is a legend in many ways. Known for her role as Ida in Malcolm in the middle, Leachman has made comedy a hallmark of his abilities. As an energetic Dola, fans hear her comedic range effortlessly. Many Leachman fans might like him for his comedic portrayals, but his ability to bring an endearing sweetness to this brutal character is remarkable.
Claire Danes as San (Princess Mononoke)
San is the main character of Princess Mononoke, a warrior princess whose intelligence is fundamentally defined by her love of nature and distrust of humans. The public sees her becoming a woman who learns to accept her own humanity. With a literal wolf goddess as her mother, San is a tough warrior.
Claire Danes could only be the one doubling San. Known for her work in many dramas, Danes holds a high place among the hardy women of Hollywood. Danes has the ability to give San a gentle sweetness while interacting with loved ones, while embodying the character’s resilience.
Uma Thurman: Kushana (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)
Kushana’s character is plagued by childhood trauma. It drives his life with a vengeful force that gives him a hard edge. She is a ruthless leader. Audiences generate sympathy for her cause only to realize that she is not the hateful figure her past defines her.
Thurman is a perfect choice to represent the ferocity of this character. Uma Thurman as the protagonist of the Kill Bill candor, audiences see his ability to hold an audience with a vigorous presence. Thurman’s ability to embody character growth is powerful and leaves viewers wanting to experience the antagonist on another level.
Kirsten Dunst as Kiki (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
A beloved character, Kiki is a young witch ready to make her mark in her own world. Kiki is shown navigating the new town of Koriko while striving to become a working witch in her own right.
Kirsten Dunst as Kiki gives fans the same innocence and spontaneity of the character. Dunst said of her casting as Kiki, that at the time she didn’t think she was mature enough to understand the content of the script. Although she’s 15 and making her way as a young actress, the purity she brings to Kiki as a product of her own young age makes for a wonderful portrayal of her.
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