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Castle in the Sky (1986)

Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (original title)
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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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Sheeta (voice)
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Pazu (voice)
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Dola (voice)
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Muska (voice)
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Uncle Pom (voice)
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General (voice)
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Charles (voice)
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Louis (voice)
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Henri (voice)
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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Louis: [clinging to the automobile in the chase sequence] I'd really prefer to be in the car, Mother!
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The end credits show the remains of the castle Laputa floating on Earth's orbit. See more »

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Referenced in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) See more »

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Haunting and brilliant!
29 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was about 8 years old on TV in the UK (where it was called "Laupta: The Flying Island"). I absolutely loved it, and was heartbroken when it was repeated a while later and I missed it. I was enchanted by the story and characters, but most of all by the haunting and beautiful music. It would have been the original English dubbed version which I saw - sometimes erroneously referred to as the "Streamline Dub" (the dub was actually by Ghibli themselves and only distributed by Streamline) which is sadly unavailable except as part of a ridiculously expensive laser disc box-set.

Unfortunately I feel that the release has been partly spoiled by Disney. The voice acting is OK but the dialogue doesn't have the same raw energy that the "streamline" dub or the original Japanese had, and I think James Van Der Beek sounds too old to play the lead. They have made some pointless alterations, such as changing the main character's name from "Pazu" to "Patzu", and added some dialogue. But worst of all I feel that they have ruined many scenes with intrusive music - the opening scene of the airships for example was originally silent but has been spoiled thanks to Disney's moronic requirement that there be music playing whenever anyone is not speaking, which I find annoying in many Disney films.

This film still blows away most recent animated films, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The plot is simple yet captivating and the film shows a flair which is sadly missing from most modern mass-market, homogenized animation.


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