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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castle in the Sky See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,172, 18 November 2018

Gross USA:

$523,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,037,660
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

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

When Pazu sets off with Dola and her sons to rescue Sheeta from Muska and the army, he is wearing goggles that he had put on moments earlier. When they take off on their Flaptors, one moment the goggles are above Pazu's eyes, then a bit later on, as they rise into the air, they are covering his eyes, only to be back above his eyes again a bit later. See more »

Quotes

Louis: [just as Pazu and Sheeta are about to head into town] Young man, query, have you seen a little girl around here?
Pazu: Uh... let me see now... Yeah! There're about a hundred little girls in this town. Which one?
Louis: [grumbling] Thanks... for *nothing*, kid!
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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

In Spain was released directly on DVD on October 2003. "Laputa" was changed to "Lapuntu". On 2011 it was re-released on DVD and Blu-ray, a new dub was made and this time "Laputa" was kept on the dubbing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Howl's Moving Castle (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Kimi wo Nosete (Carrying You)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
Performed by Azumi Inoue
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A visually impressive and engaging adventure with a solid narrative, characters and voice-work – great fun
3 September 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When the airship she is on is attacked, Sheeta tries to escape from her would-be captors but falls to her death through the clouds. Fortunately the enchanted and mysterious crystal she is wearing round her neck saves her and floats her to the ground where she is found by young Pazu, who is rushing to get back to his boss in the mine with food. Pazu takes her in and they become friends but quickly learn that the pirates after Sheeta have not given up their chase. Not only do the pair have to deal with the pirates but also the government, led by sinister agent Muska, have their own dark reasons for getting hold of Sheeta. Escaping Pazu's town together is only the start of their adventure together.

Hard to believe that this film is twenty years old and yet looks as fresh and is as engaging as anything else you will see today. The sheer visual style and imagination is quite breath-taking and I could not quite believe that this was made by Miyazaki only 7 years after the vastly inferior (but still OK) Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (or The Castle of Cagliostro as it was in the UK). As writer he has also done well to craft a story that is engaging and enjoyable. It struggles at times with the weight of coincidence needed to make the film move forward but the manner of delivery covers up these little problems by producing regular action and fun characters. The pace of the film is perfectly pitched and things move forward really well and I can't imagine an audience of children or adults will be bothered by the running time. The characters bring out nice relationships as well which adds value to the story but unfortunately points made late in the film about the environment and such are heavily made and clunky.

The voice cast in the English dub are mostly very good. Sadly the weakest link is Paquin, she sounds unnatural and a little wooden too often. She probably isn't that weak but she is shown up by an engagingly fresh and natural delivery from Van Der Beek – not something I expected to be saying when I learnt he was doing the voice of Pazu. Just as good is Leachman's Dola – blessed with a good character in the first place, her voice is spot on despite sounding a little like Mrs Skinner on the Simpsons. Hamill takes the bad guy role well and shows his experience at animation even if he is a little hammy at the odd point. Everyone works well together and they deliver their characters well to support the narrative and they match the impressive visuals well.

Overall this may not have the emotional depth of Spirited Away but it has strong characters and good relationships. These are grown within a engaging story told with pace and a good rate of action. Of course if none of this interests you then it is still worth seeing for Miyazaki's imagination and style, which is impressive and hard to believe that it is 20 years old this year.


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