GENEVA — The castle in the new animated feature “Howl's Moving Castle,” which will be shown starting Sept. 9 at the Smith Opera House on Seneca Street, looks as if it werer designed by a dream team made up of Jules Verne, Terry Gilliam and Hieronymus Bosch.
No wonder: it was created by Hayao Miyazaki, the amazing anime master behind “Princess Mononoke” and the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away.”
The film, based on a British novel by Diana Wynne Jones, is a parable of the passing moments of life, and dealing with both the advantages and burdens that make us individuals.
There's more than a passing resemblance to “The Wizard of Oz,” with Sophie as Dorothy and Howl as the tin man who has no heart, and there's even a scarecrow and a Toto-like dog.
The film may be seen at 7 p.m. Sept. 9, 12, 13 and 19; and at 2 p.m. Sept. 11. It runs 120 minutes and is rated PG for frightening images and brief mild language.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. For details, call (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free (866) 355-LIVE.