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Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle recreated in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 17/May/2020 20:26 Updated: 18/May/2020 11:52

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Studio Ghibli fans are on another level, so it comes as no surprise that one talented person has managed to recreate Sophie’s flower field from hit movie Howl’s Moving Castle in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Howl’s Moving Castle is often regarded as one of Studio Ghibli’s best films. Written and directed by renowned Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, it follows the story of Sophie, an 18-year-old who is cursed with the appearance of a 90-year-old woman by the Witch of the Waste, and her journey to break her curse. She encounters a wizard named Howl along the way, and the two become inseparable.

It is one of the most successful animated movies in history, grossing over $236 million worldwide, capturing the hearts of millions with its gripping story. One fan decided to remake a scene from the film in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it’s one of the best unofficial crossovers we’ve ever seen.

Howl’s Moving Castle in New Horizons

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Sophie gets turned into an old woman after the Witch of the Waste sees her with Howl and gets jealous.

Reddit user ‘victato‘ is the genius behind the creation, and truly brought the movie to life by recreating the famous flower field scene in their game. In the film, Howl takes Sophie to his secret garden – the place he first caught Calcifer, who then became his personal Fire Demon.

The fan nails every single detail down perfectly, and used a player’s house to replicate the door from the Castle to the field. The area is covered with pools of water and several types of flower, just like in the animation – and it looks beautiful.

They even dressed up as Sophie and got a friend to dress as Howl as they took a leisurely stroll together through the scene, tying the entire thing together in the perfect way.

Recreating Sophie’s flower field from Howl’s Moving Castle (audio on) from ac_newhorizons

This isn’t the first time a Studio Ghibli fan has recreated a motion picture in Animal Crossing: there’s been a Spirited Away one too, where someone made the famous bathhouse boiler room – soot sprites and all.

Hayao Miyazaki is currently working on his last film, titled How Do You Live?, and it’s expected to release “in the next three years,” meaning AC:NH players will have a new movie to play around with in the future.

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The Simpsons intro gets epic recreation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 8/Aug/2020 1:00 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:22

by Brent Koepp


An Animal Crossing YouTuber went viral after re-creating The Simpsons’ iconic intro in New Horizons. The player’s incredible mashup is one of the best things you’ll see today.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm after making its debut in March. The latest release in the long-running franchise introduced new features such as the ability to shape your village however you see fit using terraforming.

The new mechanic has sparked the imaginations of millions of users on social media, and one creator went viral after using the tool to bring The Simpsons to the social-simulation title. Their re-imagination of the classic cartoon’s intro is the perfect crossover.

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YouTube: Great-Bit Arcade
A talented creator made The Simpsons intro in Animal Crossing.

The Simpsons re-imagined in Animal Crossing

The Simpsons made its debut in 1989, and has gone on to become a juggernaut in pop culture over the last three decades. In 2020, the animation is in its 31st season. To celebrate, a player re-created the show’s intro in New Horizons.

Gaming YouTuber ‘Great-Bit Arcade‘ uploaded their mind blowing creation to their channel on July 29, and quickly went viral. The video carefully re-creates the animation’s iconic intro, which follows the Simpson family throughout their town of Springfield.

The fan creatively used assets from Animal Crossing to create the town’s nuclear plant, before hilariously cutting to their character writing on a chalk board in school while wearing Bart Simpson’s signature outfit.

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YouTube: Great-Bit Arcade
Maggie and Marge Simpson are re-created in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Great-Bit’s video meticulously recreates every scene, from Maggie and Marge driving to Lisa playing her saxophone in school. The YouTuber even created a couch gag with the Simpson family walking in to find Tom Nook and Isabelle taking up all the space on their sofa.

Animal Crossing’s latest release has been a major success for Nintendo. In a quarterly report posted in August, it was revealed the social simulation title has sold over 22.4 million units – making it the second highest-selling game on the console.

New Horizons’ terraforming tool has encouraged players from around the world to share their creations on social media. Fans have reimagined things from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away to Avatar: The Last Airbender using the game’s new feature.