A Studio Ghibli fan who is a master of pastry recreates Howl’s Moving Castle’s iconic fire spirit using a cookie, royal icing and poured sugar.
A talented Studio Ghibli fan transformed Howl’s Moving Castle‘s Calcifer into a delicate, sweet treat.
A new video posted to Reddit details the creation of a cookie that recreates the cooking scene from the Studio Ghibli classic. The fire spirit itself is crafted from poured and molded sugar and the frying pan is fashioned using royal icing. The eggs and bacon are incredibly detailed with burnt bits around the edges.
The Calcifer cookie isn’t the only recent example of edible Studio Ghibli fan art. Earlier this year, another anime fan used bacon and toast to bring the mischievous spirit to life. According to the talented cook, they “fed him enough egg shells to tame him” in order to prevent everything from burning. Moreover, Studio Ghibli fans haven’t only shown their love and passion for Howl’s Moving Castle through food-based artwork. Recently, one brought Howl to life with an incredible cosplay of the wizard’s monstrous bird form and another used the film’s beloved characters to recreate Gustav Klimt’s painting, “The Kiss.”
Based on the 1986 children’s book by author Dianna Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle premiered in theaters in 2004. The movie is written and directed by iconic filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and tells the story of Sophie, a young and content milliner who is transformed into an old woman by a petty witch and finds herself working as a cleaning lady for the flamboyant wizard Howl. Chieko Baisho (Weathering With You) and Takuya Kimura (live-action Blade of the Immortal) star in the original Japanese version of the film as Sophie and Howl respectively; the English dub includes the voice talents of Billy Crystal, Emily Mortimer and Christian Bale.
Howl’s Moving Castle went on to earn over $230 million at the global box office. As such, it is one of the highest-earning anime movies of all time along with other Studio Ghibli masterpieces like Spirited Away swear Princess Mononoke.
There have been several official developments recently for Studio Ghibli. Most notably, My Neighbor Totoro is getting a stage play adaptation by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is creating the show’s life-sized puppets. The play will premiere at the Barbican in London on Oct. 8. Furthermore, a giant plush version of My Neighbor Totoro‘s iconic Catbus will feature at the new Ghibli Park, which will open in Japan this November.
Howl’s Moving Castle and other Studio Ghibli classics are available on HBO Max.