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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.

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writer:

Hayao Miyazaki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Sheeta (voice)
James Van Der Beek ... Pazu (voice)
Cloris Leachman ... Dola (voice)
Mark Hamill ... Muska (voice)
Richard Dysart ... Uncle Pom (voice)
Jim Cummings ... General (voice)
John Hostetter ... Boss (voice)
Michael McShane ... Charles (voice)
Mandy Patinkin ... Louis (voice)
Andy Dick ... Henri (voice)
Corey Burton ... Additional Voices (voice)
John DeMita ... Additional Voices (voice)
Debi Derryberry ... Young Sheeta / Madge / Additional Voices (voice)
Eddie Frierson ... Henri (1989 Dub) / Old Engineer (1989 Dub) / Papa (2003 dub) / Additional Voices (voice) (as Ernest Fessler)
Susan Hickman Susan Hickman ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 August 1986 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Castle in the Sky See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Laputa the flying island was a setting in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels, published in 1726. Hayao Miyazaki says in interviews that he was unaware that "la puta" means "the whore" in Spanish. If he had been aware of the translation, he would not have used it as a title. 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 »

Quotes

Papa: [playing chess with Dola] What's come over you, my dear? It's not like you to challenge a ship like Goliath. You know, the odds are against you.
Dola: I'm after treasure. That's all.
Papa: [Chuckling] I must admit, those kids are cute!
Dola: Whaddaya mean by that, ya old fool?
Papa: Nothing, but that little girl *does* remind me of you not so long ago!
Dola: [Irritated] Who asked ya?
Papa: Nobody. Oh, look! Checkmate!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show the remains of the castle Laputa floating on Earth's orbit. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original Japanese theatrical release did not have the current Studio Ghibli logo at the beginning; it had the Toho logo instead. See more »

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Miyazaki's finest fantasy epic
18 December 2004 | by pavalokita_1See all my reviews

Laputa: castle in the sky is the bomb. The message is as strong as his newer works and more pure, fantastic and flying pirates how could it be any better! The art is totally amazing and the soundtrack, which is reused many times after this, (im not sure if this was the first time i heard it) and evokes in me the most emotional sentimental response of any movie soundtrack. Sheeta, the female lead in this movie is totally awesome and the boy, Pazu is also a great role-model--he lives on his own! The plot is classic Miyazaki. I won't give it away, but the end is really great. I rank this as one of Miyazaki's three best with Nausicaa and Spirited Away. Also you may want to check out Howl's Moving Castle when it comes out (sometime next year i hope) If you like Miyazaki check this one out as it readily available in the USA. Enjoy, Piper A


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