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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sheeta (voice)
... Pazu (voice)
... Dola (voice)
... Muska (voice)
... Uncle Pom (voice)
... General (voice)
... Boss (voice)
... Charles (voice)
... Louis (voice)
... Henri (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
... Young Sheeta / Madge / Additional Voices (voice)
... Henri (1989 Dub) / Old Engineer (1989 Dub) / Papa (2003 dub) / Additional Voices (voice) (as Ernest Fessler)
Susan Hickman ... Additional Voices (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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2 August 1986 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

Laputa is based off of a levitating island in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. However the film had to have "Laputa" taken out of the titles in Spain and severl other Latin and South American countries because "la puta," in Spanish literally means "the whore." Miyazaki apologized for this, saying that Laputa was both meaningless in English and Japanese. See more »

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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 »

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General: [when soldiers have gathered in observatory room on Laputa; Muska appears before them as a hologram]
General: What's going on?
Col. Muska: Hold your tongue, commoner! You are in the presence of the king of Laputa.
General: The man has gone *crazy*!
Col. Muska: I thought I would show you an example of Laputa's power. We are about to celebrate the rebirth of the Laputian kingdom.
[lowers crystal over the Black Stone]
Col. Muska: Prepare yourself for the thunder of Laputa!
[unleashes tremendous explosion from underside]
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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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Best animated film I've ever seen
6 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have seen just about all of Miyazaki's films, and they are all beautiful and captivating. But this one rises above the rest. This movie totally impressed me!

I fell in love with Pazu and Sheeta, and their sweet, caring friendship. They were what made the movie for me. Of course, the animation is also superb and the music captures the feelings in the film perfectly. But the characters are the shining point in this movie: they are so well developed and full of personality.

Now, let me clarify: I'm really talking about the Japanese version of the movie (with English subs). While the English dub is good (mostly), it simply pales in comparison to the original language version. The voices are better, the dialogue, everything. So I suggest seeing (and hearing) the movie the way it originally was.


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