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.
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: [military history] The weaponry and mechanical settings in Laputa is a mixture of British and German designs. Miyazaki is a fan of German weaponry (he has manga works like The Return of Hans and Otto Carius - both about WWII German tank crews), so soldier's uniform, medals, and grenades (Stielhandgranate, the famous "potato masher" in WWII) are modeled after German design, not to mention the gigantic battle zeppelin "Goliath." However, since the town of Slag Ravine was modeled after a mining town in Wales, British-styled civilian clothing and British weapons such as Lee-Enfield SMLE Mk. III rifle (soldiers) and Webley top-break revolver (Muska and his agents) appear frequently in the film. See more
In the Magnum dub there are other instances where there is no walla during scenes involving crowds. Biggest example: at the climax when the soldiers are being chased by the robots toward their airship, there is absolutely no sound of shouting from the soldiers even though they obviously are. (Both the Japanese version and the Disney dub feature more shouting, respectively.) See more
The earth speaks to all of us, and if we listen, we can understand.
The end credits show the remains of the castle Laputa floating on Earth's orbit. See more