Castle in the Sky

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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

Runtime:



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.