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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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Hayao Miyazaki

Writer:

Hayao Miyazaki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayumi Tanaka ... Pazu (voice)
Keiko Yokozawa Keiko Yokozawa ... Sheeta (voice)
Kotoe Hatsui Kotoe Hatsui ... Dola (voice)
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Muska (voice)
Fujio Tokita ... Uncle Pom (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Shogun Mouro (voice)
Hiroshi Ito Hiroshi Ito ... Oyakata (voice)
Machiko Washio Machiko Washio ... Okami (voice)
Takuzô Kamiyama Takuzô Kamiyama ... Shalulu (voice)
Yoshito Yasuhara Yoshito Yasuhara ... Lui (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama Sukekiyo Kameyama ... Anli (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi Ryûji Saikachi ... Old Engineer (voice)
Tarako Tarako ... Madge (voice)
Eken Mine Eken Mine ... Underling (voice)
Reiko Suzuki Reiko Suzuki ... 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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Trivia

Mark Hamill based his performance of Colonel Muska on David Hyde Pierce. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[on the Tiger Moth, Louie is escorting Pazu to the Tiger Moth's engine room]
Louis: Work, work, work. Busy, busy, busy, busy. Left, right, left, right. You're not here to have fun.
[inside the engine room; we see the gears turning]
Louis: As you can see, this room is loaded with all sorts of gears and gizmos!
Pazu: [fascinated] Wow, this engine room is amazing!
Louis: [dumbfounded] Is *that* what it's called?
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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

An earlier dub was commissioned by Tokuma (and quickly produced by an unknown studio in 1989) and was given a brief US theatrical run by Streamline Pictures. This earlier version was only voice-dubbed leaving all of the music and sound-effects in their original state. However, it also omitted the reference to "Gulliver's Travels". Reportedly, Carl Macek was disappointed with how this early dub turned out. The only official release this older dub has seen was on the Japanese Region 2 DVD (because at the time, Disney's dub was not yet ready to be released on DVD). See more »


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Kimi wo Nosete
(Carrying You)
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Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Performed by Azumi Inoue (Tokuma Japan)
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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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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,172, 18 November 2018

Gross USA:

$523,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,040,021
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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