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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)
John Hostetter ...
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 <>

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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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Did You Know?


First film from Studio Ghibli since the opening of the studio in summer of 1985 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 »


[Dola comes thundering into Pazu's town on her automobile where her boys are brawling with the citizens]
Dola: Full speed ahead!
[to Louis and Henri in the distance]
Dola: Hey, boys!
Louis: Wha - ? Hey, it's Mom!
LouisHenri: [Dola drives up to Louis and Henri] Hi, Mom!
Dola: [incensed] You chowderheads! Get your brother and hop on!
Louis: [dumbfounded] Huh? But Sheeta's hiding inside that house!
Dola: Lamebrain! They made an escape! Now step on it!
Louis: [jumping onto Dola's car] They ESCAPED?
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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 Angel Beats!: My Song (2010) See more »

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Pretty damned amazing
25 May 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Thanks to the success of SPIRITED AWAY, I was recently able to obtain this title. In fact, thanks to SPIRITED, it is now available just about anywhere videos are sold, along with PRINCESS MONONOKE and KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE. (The warm and fuzzy MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO remains widely available, of course.) This one is a bit different, being a sci-fi adventure, but it retains many of the themes close to the director's heart so that it bears close ties to some of his other works. While not his best work by any means (that honor would fall to PRINCESS and SPIRITED), this is well worth viewing at least once, and possibly a second and third time. Kids of course will watch it over and over again. The music is by far the best of any of his existing films. It absolutely soars. (No pun intended, for those familiar with the plot.)

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