Castle in the Sky

August 2nd, 1986







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Plot
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.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 8.1/10 (33,303 voted)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, James Van Der Beek, Keiko Yokozawa

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.

Cast:
Mayumi Tanaka - Pazu (voice)
James Van Der Beek - Pazu (voice: English version)
Keiko Yokozawa - Sheeta (voice)
Kotoe Hatsui - Dola (voice)
Cloris Leachman - Dola (2003) (voice: English version)
Rachel Vanowen - Dola (voice: English version)
Jeff Winkless - Muska (voice: English version) (as Jack Witte)
Richard Dysart - Uncle Pomme (2003) (voice: English version)
Clifton Wells - Boss (voice: English version) (as Charles Wilson)
Mike Reynolds - General (voice: English version) (as Mark Richards)
John Hostetter - Boss (voice: English version)
Dave Mallow - Lui (voice: English version) (as Daniel Morris)
Machiko Washio - Okami (voice)
Michael McShane - Charles (voice: English version)
Barry Stigler - Shalulu (voice: English version) (as Bob Stuart)



Details

Official Website: Disney [United States] |

Release Date: 2 August 1986

Gross: $3,106,327 (France) (4 February 2003)



Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Hayao Miyazaki] [gorging on food] Dora eats greedily when she confronts Pazu at his house.

Goofs:
Continuity: 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.

Quotes:
[after saving Sheeta from the robot, the Dola Gang are flying off. Sheeta is crying against Pazu's shoulder]
Louis: Sheeta, you okay?
Charles: If I did something wrong, I'd really like to apologize for it, Sheeta.
Dola: We *all* did something wrong, wasting our time on these two kids!



User Review

You need a 20 out of 10 ratings to rate Miyazaki's films

Rating: 10/10

Hayao Miyazaki has no equal when it comes to using hand-drawn animation as a form of storytelling, yet often he is being compared to Walt Disney. That is just so unfair, because it becomes apparent by watching Miyazaki's films that he is the superior artist. He really has a gift of thrilling both grownups and children, and Laputa is indeed one awesome ride.

But where can I begin to describe a movie so magical and breathtaking! Miyazaki's works have never cease to amaze me. Laputa is an adventure of a grand scale and I wonder how a film can be so packed with details and imagination. Ask yourself this question: if you are a kid dreaming of an adventure so grand in scope and so magical, what would it be like? The answer would be to strap yourself in some seat and watch Laputa, because it's truly a childhood fantasy come true. Every minute of the movie is rich and engrossing ... from the train chase to the amazing air-flying sequences... and to the wonderous sight of the floating castle itself. Not to mention the excellent score by Joe Hisaishi! Everything you ever possibly want from an adventure movie is here.









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