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

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  2 August 1986 (Japan)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheeta (voice)
Pazu (voice)
Dola (voice)
Muska (voice)
Uncle Pom (voice)
General (voice)
Boss (voice)
Charles (voice)
Louis (voice)
Henri (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Young Sheeta / Madge / Additional Voices (voice)
Eddie Frierson ...
Henri (1989 Dub) / Old Engineer (1989 Dub) / Additional Voices (voice)
Susan Hickman ...
Additional Voices (voice)


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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Release Date:

2 August 1986 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Castle in the Sky  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,048,494 (France) (31 January 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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On August 3, 2013, a Japanese showing of Castle in the Sky led to a new Twitter record with 143,199 tweets per second. See more »


When Pazu sets off with Dola and her sons to rescue Sheeta from Muska and the army, he is wearing goggles that he had put on moments earlier. When they take off on their Flaptors, one moment the goggles are above Pazu's eyes, then a bit later on, as they rise into the air, they are covering his eyes, only to be back above his eyes again a bit later. See more »


Col. Muska: [as the robot climbs the stairs] Yes, I understand!
Sheeta: [gasps as Muska pulls her close]
Col. Muska: [showing his true colors] It's your crystal! The force of the Sacred Light has brought the robot back to life! The way to Laputa has been opened!
Sheeta: LET ME GO!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show the remains of the castle Laputa floating on Earth's orbit. See more »


Referenced in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) See more »

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User Reviews

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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