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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 »
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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. 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
Hirotsugu 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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Trivia:
The correct romanization of Sheeta's name would have been "Shita", but the producers of the Disney English dub changed the spelling for obvious reasons.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dola announces that Goliath is off of the port bow, she looks in horror towards the Tiger Moth's starboard stern, the opposite direction from that which she announces.See more »
Quotes:
Sheeta:[hugging her] Dola!
Dola:Thank goodness you're alive!
Pazu:So are you. This is great!
Papa:No it's not! My poor little ship is gone forever! Boo hoo hoo hoo!
Dola:Stop with the cryin', ya big baby! I'll get you another ship!
Papa:[stops crying] Okay.
Dola:[to Sheeta, softhearted] Oh, poor little thing. There's nothin' worse than having your pigtails shot off!
Sheeta:[reacting to a sharp object beneath Dola's blouse] Or having your eye poked out. What have you got under there?
Dola:Oh, my fault!
[takes out shining gem]
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References Silent Running (1972)See more »

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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A delightful fantasy that will bring out the child in anyone, 5 October 2006
Author: CsikosPost from Cornell University

Have you ever wished that you could escape your dull and stressful life at school or work and go on a magical adventure of your own, with one of your closest friends at your side, facing all sorts of dangers and villains, and unraveling the mystery of a lost civilization that's just waiting for someone to discover all its secrets? Even if you're not quite that much of a fantasy-lover, have you ever wished you could simply experience what it's like to be a kid again, and not have a care in the world, for just a couple of hours?

This is exactly what Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky" is all about. Pazu, a young but very brave and ambitious engineer, lives a rustic life in a mining town until one day, a girl named Sheeta falls down from the sky like an angel and takes him on a journey to a place far beyond the clouds, while all the while they have pirates and military units hot on their trail. Simply put, it is just the incredible adventure that every kid dreams of at one point or another, and I can't help but feel my worries melt away every time I see it.

As it is one of Miyazaki's older works and takes much place in the everyday world, the film is not as visually spectacular or deep in its storyline as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, or even Princess Mononoke. Still, I find it difficult to say that any of these films are superior over the other, because all three of those films are, at some point or another, mystical to the point of being enigmatic, if not perplexing, especially for the youngest of viewers.

"Castle in the Sky", on the other hand, doesn't try so much to be an allegory of any kind, and it's not a coming-of-age story either; it is instead quite possibly one of the best depictions of the inside of a child's mind I've ever seen. Not only is the artwork beautiful, but the use of perspective from the kids' eyes is just amazing; whether it's the panning up of the "camera" to see the enormous trees or clouds overhead, or the incredible sense of height from looking down at the ground or ocean while hundreds of feet in the air, I just can't help but FEEL like I'm there with Pazu and Sheeta, just a kid in another world, far far away from reality.

Even the kids themselves don't have a complex relationship that suggests a need for hope like Ashitaka/San or Chihiro/Haku; Sheeta is Pazu's angel, having literally fallen into his life from the sky one day, the absolutely perfect person for him right from the very start. As the film progresses, more and more of their true adventurous childhood spirit comes out through their kind words and beautifully realistic facial expressions. Not only are they an adorable reminder of who I used to be, but their endearing friendship never lets up throughout the whole film, only growing stronger all the way to the last frame. For that reason, I've fallen in love with the two of them more than I have with any other Miyazaki couple.

At the same time, "Castle in the Sky" is such an easily accessible film because no matter what kind of casual moviegoer you may be, you'll be sure to find your fix here. Mystery, action, drama, comedy, suspense, sci-fi, romance, even some western...it's all here, just about everything people go to the movies for (except maybe horror). This why I can easily recommend it as a first Miyazaki film; it's perfect for those who have no expectations from having already seen the incredible otherworldliness of some of his more recent works.

Even the ending song of the film, when translated into English, conveys the sense of longing for the discovery of some kind of lost civilization, and some kind of soul-mate, that could not be found in our mundane lives. "The reason I long for the many lights is that you are there in one of them...The earth spins, carrying you, carrying us both who'll surely meet." Miyazaki has always provided poetic lyrics to make ending songs out of Joe Hiasashi's gorgeous scores, but this is the only one I've seen that's both a touching love song and an inspirational dream. I have found myself near tears just listening to it.

"Castle in the Sky" may not be Miyazaki's most developed, spectacular, or meaningful work, but it's absolutely perfect for what it really was meant to be: a true vision of childhood fantasy, and a wonderful escape from reality for any adults who wish they could have the same wonderful sense of imagination they had when they were just carefree little kids. Sit back, relax, and love it for what it is.

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