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

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Castle in the Sky -- US Home Video Trailer from Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Castle in the Sky -- Clip: First Look at the Castle
Castle in the Sky -- Featurette: Creating Castle in The Sky
Castle in the Sky -- Clip: Sheeta, Pazu, and Uncle Pomme in the Mine
Castle in the Sky -- Clip: Saved by the Necklace


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2 August 1986 (Japan) See more »
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 » | Full synopsis »
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  (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) / Papa (2003 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)
Takuzô Kamiyama ... Shalulu (voice) (as Takumi Kamiyama)

Yoshito Yasuhara ... Lui (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama ... Anli (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi ... Old Engineer (voice)
Machiko Washio ... Okami (voice)
Tarako ... Madge (voice)
Eken Mine ... Underling (voice)
Takahiro Hirai ... Additional Voices (voice)
Shinya Ohtaki ... Additional Voices (voice)
Nobuyuki Furuta ... Additional Voices (voice)
Kazuhiko Tanaka ... Additional Voices (voice)
Toshihiko Seki ... Additional Voices (voice)
Reiko Suzuki ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tomomichi Nishimura ... Train Operator / Additional Voices (voice)
Hideki Fukushi ... Additional Voices (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Additional Voices (voice)
Masashi Sugawara ... Underling (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... 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)
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)

Jonathan Swift  creator: Laputa (uncredited)

Produced by
Toru Hara .... animation producer: Studio Ghibli
Hideo Ogata .... planner
Todd Olsson .... co-producer (english version)
Isao Takahata .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Tatsumi Yamashita .... planner
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
Cinematography by
Hirokata Takahashi 
Film Editing by
Yoshihiro Kasahara 
Hayao Miyazaki 
Takeshi Seyama 
Art Direction by
Toshio Nozaki 
Nizô Yamamoto  (as Nizou Yamamoto)
Production Management
Toru Hara .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Umanosuke Iida .... assistant director (as Tsutomu Iida)
Tetsu Kimura .... assistant director
Norihiko Sutô .... assistant director
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Ted Barela .... sound crew
Sam Hofstedt .... second engineer
Shuji Inoue .... sound mixer
Eric Lewis .... assistant adr engineer: English dialogue
Mikio Mori .... dolby technician: Far East Continental
Hironori Ono .... sound effects editor: E&M Planning Center
Kazutoshi Satou .... sound effects editor: E&M Planning Center
Ernie Sheesley .... dialogue recordist
Shigeharu Shiba .... sound director
Special Effects by
Gô Abe .... special effects
Shinji Teraoka .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Toshiyuki Fukushima .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Takahisa Ishizuka .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Izumi Kasama .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Takeo Kobayashi .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Taizô Matsuzaki .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Yukio Miyashima .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Hajime Noguchi .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Kôji Shiragami .... camera operator: Takahashi Production (as Takashi Shirakami)
Hirokata Takahashi .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Yasuyoshi Toyonaga .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Yoshiaki Yasuhara .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Animation Department
Kie Akiyama .... cel painter: Studio Hibari
Noriko Arakawa .... cel painter: Studio Hibari
Mariko Arano .... inbetween artist: Studio Gallop
Machiko Araya .... inbetween artist
Toshiko Asano .... cel painter: Studio Fantasia
Seiko Azuma .... inbetween artist
Tomoko Danjô .... cel painter: Studio Fantasia
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
Keiko Hiraga .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Eiichirô Hirata .... inbetween artist
Kazu Hisamura .... background artist (as Katsu Hisamura)
Yumiko Honda .... cel painter: Production Act
Isao Hoshi .... inbetween artist: Studio Kuma
Akemi Hosoya .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Satoshi Ida .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Kumiko Iijima .... background artist
Tomohisa Iizuka .... cel painter: Studio Fantasia
Masumi Ishiguro .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Emiko Ishii .... cel painter
Yamako Ishikawa .... background artist
Akihiko Isozaki .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Toshitaka Itsumi .... inbetween artist: Studio Toto
Norichika Iwakiri .... cel painter: Studio Killy
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
Fumie Katô .... cel painter: Studio Hibari
Yoshiko Katô .... inbetween artist: Oh! Production
Yumi Kawachi .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Toshio Kawaguchi .... animator
Hirotsugu Kawasaki .... animator
Yôko Kazama .... cel painter: Production Act
Keiko Kihara .... cel painter
Hiroko Kijima .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Yûko Kikuchi .... cel painter: Studio Fantasia
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist
Kazuyuki Kobayashi .... animator
Keiji Kobayashi .... inbetween artist
Komasa .... inbetween artist
Yoshie Komatsu .... cel painter: Production Act
Katsuya Kondô .... animator
Mutsuo Koseki .... background artist
Hiroyuki Kuraoka .... cel painter: Production Act
Tsutomu Kurita .... inbetween artist: Oh! Production
Shin'ichirô Kuse .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Kitarô Kôsaka .... animator (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Harumi Machii .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Mahiro Maeda .... animator
Keisuke Makinoda .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Naomi Masuda .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Yayoi Matsushita .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Shizuko Minami .... inbetween artist: Studio Toto
Ryûsuke Mita .... cel painter
Hideko Miyamoto .... inbetween artist
Mari Miyashita .... cel painter
Chiharu Mizuma .... cel painter
Takayo Mizutani .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Tôru Morita .... inbetween artist: Studio Toto
Noriko Moritomo .... animator
Takashi Motomochi .... inbetween artist
Yoshie Murakami .... cel painter: Group Joy
Ayako Murano .... cel painter: Production Act
Toshiharu Murata .... inbetween artist (as Shunji Murata)
Osamu Nabeshima .... animator (as Osamu Nabejima)
Masako Nabetani .... cel painter
Kazuhisa Nagai .... inbetween artist
Keiko Nagai .... inbetween artist: Oh! Production
Rumiko Nagai .... cel painter: Studio Fantasia
Hiromi Nagamine .... cel painter
Yukie Naitô .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Kyôko Nakano .... inbetween artist
Hiromi Nakata .... cel painter
Yasuhiro Nakura .... animator
Kenji Narita .... cel painter: Studio Hibari
Tatsushi Narita .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Atsuko Narumi .... inbetween artist: Visual 80
Masako Natsui .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Michiko Nishimaki .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Miyoko Nishiyama .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Noriko Ogawa .... cel painter
Homi Ogiwara .... cel checker
Asako Ohashi .... cel painter: Group Joy
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
Yukiko Sakai .... cel painter
Fumiya Sakamoto .... cel painter
Masako Sakano .... clean-up and inbetween artist
Michiyo Sakurai .... animator
Keiko Sato .... inbetween artist: Kusama Art (as Keiko Satô)
Shinnosuke Sato .... cel painter: Group Joy
Taeko Satô .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Akemi Seki .... inbetween artist: Shindo Production
Yoshiya Shigebayashi .... inbetween artist
Satoru Shigeta .... inbetween artist: Kusama Art
Kumi Shimada .... cel painter
Etsuko Shimoda .... cel painter: Production Act
Toki Shinoda .... cel painter: Studio OZ
Masako Shinohara .... animator
Yukitaka Shishikai .... cel painter: Studio Korumi
Mikako Sodeyama .... cel painter: Group Joy
Akiko Sudô .... cel painter: Group Joy
Mika Sugai .... inbetween artist
Kumiko Suzuki .... cel painter: Group Joy
Yasuko Suzuki .... inbetween artist: Doga Kobo
Yôko Suzuki .... cel painter: Studio Hibari
Yasuko Tachiki .... animation checker
Mieko Taguchi .... cel painter: Production Act
Naomi Takahashi .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Sadao Takahashi .... inbetween artist: Studio Fantasia
Fusako Takami .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Yoshie Takamine .... inbetween artist
Yoshiko Takasago .... cel painter
Noriko Takaya .... background artist: harmony treatment
Naoko Takeba .... inbetween artist
Nobuko Tanaka .... cel painter: Studio Killy
Ritsuko Tanaka .... inbetween artist: Shindo Production
Mariko Tanazawa .... cel painter: Studio Fantasia
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
Katsutoshi Yamagata .... cel painter: Studio Korumi
Akiko Yamaguchi .... inbetween artist: Kusama Art
Hirômi Yamakawa .... inbetween artist
Tadayoshi Yamamuro .... inbetween artist: Shindo Production
Kazue Yanagisawa .... cel painter
Michiyo Yasuda .... color designer
Hiroko Yokoyama .... cel painter: Production Act
Takao Yoshino .... inbetween artist
Masaki Yoshizaki .... background artist
Kiyomi Ôta .... 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
Vincent Mendoza .... conductor: english version
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
Masashi Atami .... production assistant
Naotake Furusato .... production assistant
Eric Garcia .... production coordinator
Toshitsugu Hara .... production assistant
Osamu Kameyama .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Akira Kaneko .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Masahiro Kasuya .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Hiroyuki Katô .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Hirokazu Kihara .... production assistant
Tomoko Kobayashi .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Mitsuru Menjô .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Kaoru Mutô .... production assistant
Naoyuki Oshikiri .... production desk
Takao Sasaki .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Toshio Suzuki .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Minoru Tadokoro .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Mikio Takeda .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Kazutoshi Takigawa .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"
Masaya Tokuyama .... advertising producer
Tsutomu Ôtsuka .... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "Castle in the Sky Laputa"

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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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125 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-7 | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:I | Ireland:G | Italy:T | Japan:G | New Zealand:PG | Norway:7 (2009) | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:PG (certificate #45527)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Col. Muska:[chasing Sheeta through the labyrinth] Sheeta, listen to me. Be reasonable! There's no way you can escape.
Sheeta:[pounding on a door] Please! Open! Please!
Col. Muska:No one can hear you. Only *I* can help you.
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88 out of 110 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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