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Castle in the Sky (1986)
"Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta" (original title)

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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

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Sheeta (voice)
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Pazu (voice)
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Dola (voice)
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Muska (voice)
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Uncle Pom (voice)
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General (voice)
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Charles (voice)
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Louis (voice)
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Henri (voice)
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Henri (1989 Dub) / Old Engineer (1989 Dub) / Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta's identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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2 August 1986 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,315,182 (France) (17 January 2003)

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$3,048,494 (France) (31 January 2003)
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Dubbed in 1999, Castle in the Sky (1986) did not receive a home video release until four years later when Spirited Away (2001) won an Academy Award for Best Animated Film. During that time, it would be shown at the occasional film festival, and sell out with little word-of-mouth. Despite its limited success, Disney's official explanation for the delay was that Studio Ghibli wanted to avoid reverse-importation of the film in Japan and lose R2 sales. However, by 2003, Laputa had long made its money back in dvd sales in Japan, fueling fire to the long-held fan speculation that the company purchased the Ghibli library for the purpose of sabotaging its potential success in the U.S. See more »

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When Muska is announcing his rise in rank and plan to the soldiers, he is shown from the side wearing his red uniform, but the next shot from just in front of him shows it changed to green before it's shown afterward, always red. See more »

Quotes

Papa: [playing chess with Dola] What's come over you, my dear? It's not like you to challenge a ship like Goliath. You know, the odds are against you.
Dola: I'm after treasure. That's all.
Papa: [Chuckling] I must admit, those kids are cute!
Dola: Whaddaya mean by that, ya old fool?
Papa: Nothing, but that little girl *does* remind me of you not so long ago!
Dola: [Irritated] Who asked ya?
Papa: Nobody. Oh, look! Checkmate!
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Best animated film I've ever seen
6 September 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I have seen just about all of Miyazaki's films, and they are all beautiful and captivating. But this one rises above the rest. This movie totally impressed me!

I fell in love with Pazu and Sheeta, and their sweet, caring friendship. They were what made the movie for me. Of course, the animation is also superb and the music captures the feelings in the film perfectly. But the characters are the shining point in this movie: they are so well developed and full of personality.

Now, let me clarify: I'm really talking about the Japanese version of the movie (with English subs). While the English dub is good (mostly), it simply pales in comparison to the original language version. The voices are better, the dialogue, everything. So I suggest seeing (and hearing) the movie the way it originally was.


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