Science fiction and fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, whose novel Howl’s Moving Castle was adapted into an Oscar-nominated anime movie in 2004, died early Saturday morning after a year-long struggle with lung cancer. She was 76.
Hayao Miyazaki, Pete Docter and Rick Dempsey co-directed the adaptation Hauru No Ugoku Shiro, which was produced by Studio Ghibli and several other companies. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2006, it won the Audience Award for Best Japanese Movie at the Mainichi Film Awards. In 2004, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, where it was first screened.
Jones once said that Howl’s Moving Castle is “a very visual book. I think it appealed to Miyazaki because it was about magic in four or five places at once.”
She believed that her characters attracted Miyazaki’s imagination as well. “I imagine that Miyazaki might, almost at once, have set about thinking how to draw and animate a fire demon [Calcifer].”
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