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Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta
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Castle in the Sky (1986) More at IMDbPro »Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (original title)

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Hayao Miyazaki (written by)
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Release Date:
2 August 1986 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Anna Paquin ... Sheeta (voice: English version)

James Van Der Beek ... Pazu (voice: English version)

Cloris Leachman ... Dola (voice: English version)

Mark Hamill ... Muska (voice: English version)

Richard Dysart ... Uncle Pom (voice: English version)

Jim Cummings ... General (voice: English version)
John Hostetter ... Boss (voice: English version)

Michael McShane ... Charles (voice: English version)

Mandy Patinkin ... Louis (voice: English version)

Andy Dick ... Henri (voice: English version)

Corey Burton ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

John DeMita ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Debi Derryberry ... Young Sheeta / Madge / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Eddie Frierson ... Henri (1989 Dub) / Old Engineer (1989 Dub) / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Susan Hickman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Tress MacNeille ... Okami / Additional voices (voice: English version)

Scott Menville ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Matt K. Miller ... Old Engineer / Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Matt Miller)
Andrew Philpot ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Andy Philpot)
Michael Sorich ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Keiko Yokozawa ... Sheeta (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Pazu (voice)
Kotoe Hatsui ... Dola (voice)
Minori Terada ... Muska (voice)
Fujio Tokita ... Uncle Pomme (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Shogun Mouro (voice)
Hiroshi Ito ... Oyakata (voice)
Takumi Kamiyama ... Shalulu (voice)
Yoshito Yasuhara ... Lui (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama ... Anli (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi ... Old Engineer (voice)
Machiko Washio ... Okami (voice)
Tarako ... Madge (voice)
Eken Mine ... Underling (voice)
Masashi Sugawara ... Underling (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tomomichi Nishimura ... Additional Voices (voice)
Toshihiko Seki ... Additional Voices (voice)
Reiko Suzuki ... Additional Voices (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Additional Voices (voice)
Lara Cody ... Sheeta (1989 Dub) / Okami (1989 Dub) (voice: English version) (as Louise Chambell)

Barbara Goodson ... Pazu (1989 Dub) / Madge (1989 Dub) (voice: English version) (as Bertha Greene)
Rachel Vanowen ... Dola (1989 Dub) (voice: English version)
Jeff Winkless ... Muska (1989 Dub) (voice: English version) (as Jack Witte)
Edward Mannix ... Uncle Pom (1989 Dub) (voice: English version)
Mike Reynolds ... General (1989 Dub) (voice: English version) (as Mark Richards)
Clifton Wells ... Boss (1989 Dub) (voice: English version) (as Charles Wilson)
Barry Stigler ... Charles (1989 Dub) (voice: English version) (as Bob Stuart)
Dave Mallow ... Louis (1989 Dub) (voice: English version) (as Daniel Morris)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John DiMaggio ... Soldier / Crowd Member (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Peter Fernandez ... Narrator (1989 Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Pat Fraley ... Animal Vocal Effects (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Frank Welker ... Animal Vocal Effects (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
 
Writing credits
Hayao Miyazaki (written by)

Produced by
Hideo Ogata .... associate executive producer
Todd Olsson .... co-producer (english version)
Isao Takahata .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Tatsumi Yamashita .... associate executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
 
Cinematography by
Hirokata Takahashi 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshihiro Kasahara 
Hayao Miyazaki 
Takeshi Seyama 
 
Art Direction by
Toshio Nozaki 
Nizou Yamamoto 
 
Production Management
Toru Hara .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Ted Barela .... sound crew
Sam Hofstedt .... second engineer
Eric Lewis .... assistant adr engineer: English dialogue
Hironori Ono .... sound effects
Kazutoshi Satou .... sound effects editor
Kazutoshi Satou .... sound effects
Ernie Sheesley .... dialogue recordist
Shigeharu Shiba .... sound director
 
Special Effects by
Gô Abe .... special effects
 
Animation Department
Mariko Arano .... inbetween artist: Studio Gallop
Machiko Araya .... inbetween artist
Seiko Azuma .... inbetween artist
Hitoshi Ehara .... inbetween artist: Shindo Production
Toyoaki Emura .... animator
Masaaki Endo .... animator
Tsuruko Fujita .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Tadashi Fukuda .... animator
Makiko Futaki .... animator
Kuniko Hamano .... inbetween artist: Visual 80
Keiichiro Hattori .... inbetween artist
Kyôko Higurashi .... inbetween artist: Shindo Production
Eiichirô Hirata .... inbetween artist
Katsu Hisamura .... background artist
Isao Hoshi .... inbetween artist: Studio Kuma
Satoshi Ida .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Kumiko Iijima .... background artist
Masumi Ishiguro .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Toshitaka Itsumi .... inbetween artist: Studio Toto
Emiko Iwayanagi .... inbetween artist: Studio Fantasia
Miyako Izumi .... inbetween artist: Studio Fantasia
Megumi Kagawa .... animator
Yoshinori Kanada .... lead animator
Yoshimi Kanbara .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Masashi Kaneko .... inbetween artist
Yûichi Katayama .... inbetween artist
Yoshiko Katô .... inbetween artist: Oh! Production
Yumi Kawachi .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Toshio Kawaguchi .... animator
Hiroshi Kawasaki .... animator
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist
Kazuyuki Kobayashi .... animator
Keiji Kobayashi .... inbetween artist
Komasa .... inbetween artist
Katsuya Kondô .... animator
Tsutomu Kurita .... inbetween artist: Oh! Production
Kitarô Kôsaka .... animator (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Mahiro Maeda .... animator
Keisuke Makinoda .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Yayoi Matsushita .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Shizuko Minami .... inbetween artist: Studio Toto
Hideko Miyamoto .... inbetween artist
Takayo Mizutani .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Tôru Morita .... inbetween artist: Studio Toto
Noriko Moritomo .... animator
Takashi Motomochi .... inbetween artist
Toshiharu Murata .... inbetween artist (as Shunji Murata)
Osamu Nabeshima .... animator (as Osamu Nabejima)
Kazuhisa Nagai .... inbetween artist
Keiko Nagai .... inbetween artist: Oh! Production
Kyôko Nakano .... inbetween artist
Yasuhiro Nakura .... animator
Tatsushi Narita .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Atsuko Narumi .... inbetween artist: Visual 80
Kumiko Ohtani .... inbetween artist: Studio Fantasia
Kazumi Okabe .... inbetween artist: Studio Gallop
Minoru Okamoto .... inbetween artist: Studio Toto
Shinji Otsuka .... animator
Toshiko Saitô .... inbetween artist: Studio Gallop
Masako Sakano .... inbetween artist
Michiyo Sakurai .... animator
Keiko Satô .... inbetween artist: Kusama Art
Akemi Seki .... inbetween artist: Shindo Production
Yoshiya Shigebayashi .... inbetween artist
Satoru Shigeta .... inbetween artist: Kusama Art
Masako Shinohara .... animator
Mika Sugai .... inbetween artist
Yasuko Suzuki .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Yasuko Tachiki .... animation checker
Sadao Takahashi .... inbetween artist: Studio Fantasia
Yoshie Takamine .... inbetween artist
Noriko Takaya .... background artist: harmony treatment
Naoko Takeba .... inbetween artist
Ritsuko Tanaka .... inbetween artist: Shindo Production
Tsukasa Tannai .... supervising animator
Akiko Teshima .... inbetween artist: Studio Fantasia
Yûto Teshima .... inbetween artist: Studio Kuma
Kazuhide Tomonaga .... animator
Wakako Ueda .... inbetween artist
Sumio Watanabe .... inbetween artist: Visual 80
Akiko Yamaguchi .... inbetween artist: Kusama Art
Hirômi Yamakawa .... inbetween artist
Tadayoshi Yamamuro .... inbetween artist: Shindo Production
Michiyo Yasuda .... color designer
Takao Yoshino .... inbetween artist
Masaki Yoshizaki .... background artist
Atsuko Ôtani .... animator
 
Casting Department
Jack Fletcher .... casting: English voices (2003)
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
 
Music Department
Andrew Belling .... music supervisor
David Sabee .... Disney version
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Yasuko Fukuoka .... music programmer (uncredited)
Yasuko Fukuoka .... musician (uncredited)
Joe Hisaishi .... music arranger (uncredited)
Joe Hisaishi .... musician (uncredited)
Steve Jackson .... music mixer (uncredited)
Atsushi Kaji .... music engineer (uncredited)
Asuka Kaneko .... musician (uncredited)
Shin Kazahara .... musician (uncredited)
Masayoshi Okawa .... music mixer (uncredited)
Robert Puff .... music librarian (Disney version) (uncredited)
Takashi Tsunoda .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Eric Garcia .... production coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta" - Japan (original title)
"Castle in the Sky Laputa" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Laputa" - USA (short title)
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124 min
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: The colour of the hand-cannon shells that Dola gives Pazu alternates. The case of the shells is red, and the cap is gold, but later on the case becomes gold, and the cap red.See more »
Quotes:
Pazu, Sheeta:Balus.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Silent Running (1972)See more »

FAQ

What's up with the different musical scores?
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75 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
A great animated family adventure, 2 December 2004
Author: lilliquist from far away

This is one of the best animated family films of all time. Moreover, virtually all of the serious rivals for this title came from the same creative mind of Hiyao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli. Specifically, other great films include "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Kikki's Delivery Service." Spirited Away is quite good, but a bit too creepy for typical family fare - better for teenagers and adult. The one thing that sets "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" apart from other films by Miyazaki is that it is far more of a tension-filled adventure ride.

Why is this film so good? Because it's a complete package: the animation is very well done, and the story is truly engaging and compelling.

Most Japanese anime is imaginative, but decidedly dark or cynical or violent; and the animation itself is often jerky, stylized, and juvenile. None of these problems plague Castle in the Sky. It has imagination to burn, and the characters are well drawn, if slightly exaggerated versions of realistic people. (None of those trench-coat wearing posers) There is plenty of adventure, but not blood and gore. The animation is smooth, detailed, and cinematic ally composed - not a lot of flat shots. The backgrounds are wonderful.

The voice acting in the dubbed English version is first rate, particularly the two leads, Pazo (James Van der Beek) and Sheeta (Anna Paquin). The sound engineering is great, too. Use your studio sound, if you've got it.

One aspect that I particularly enjoyed is that much of the back story is left unexplained. Laputa was once inhabited, and is now abandoned. Why? We never know. We know as much as we need to know, and then we just have to accept the rest, which is easy to do because the invented world is so fully realized. Indeed, it is fair to say that the world is more fully realized than most of the minor characters, who are for the most part one-dimensional stock characters (e.g., gruff general, silly sidekick, kooky old miner, etc.) Highly recommended for people aged 6 to 60!

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