On the prowl with ‘Howl’

Toon makes North American preem

NEW YORK — CGI may be quickly taking over the world of animation, but Walt Disney Studios honcho Dick Cook showed reverence for more traditional toon works Monday at the studio’s North American preem for helmer Hayao Miyazaki‘s surreal “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

“Miyazaki-san,” said Cook, paying tribute to the Japanese anime master, “is a great artist as well as a master storyteller. His work is passionate and personal and like most great works of art, handmade.”

MoMA screening was not packed to the gills, if only because unrelenting rain kept the less brave away. “Howl’s” also screened Monday for the paying public at a MoMA theater next door, and a sold-out crowd happily, and soggily, lined up around the block, cooling their heels for hours.

Rewarding those who braved the elements for the official preem was dinner at highfalutin Gotham haunt 21.

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