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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Gondoa, the land Sheeta is from, is probably inspired in Svaneti's historic province of Georgia (aka Gruzhia, the country in between Russia and Turkey), in the northwestern part of the country. The landscape with mountains, farms, and - most importantly - the typical towers. See more »

Goofs

When Muska is announcing his rise in rank and plan to the soldiers, he is shown from the side wearing his red uniform, but the next shot from just in front of him shows it changed to green before it's shown afterward, always red. See more »

Quotes

Col. Muska: [fascinated by Sheeta's glowing pendant] It's the Sacred Light! The ancient documents were true! It's not just a legend!
Sheeta: What are you talking about?
Col. Muska: [reaches out to touch Sheeta's crystal; screams as its rays burn his hands]
Sheeta: [backs away with a gasp]
Col. Muska: [forcefully] Tell me the spell! What are the secret words?
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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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Soundtracks

Kimi wo Nosete (Carrying You)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
Performed by Azumi Inoue
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My brief review of the film
11 October 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

Hayao Miyazaki's screenplay here is just excellent. The story is imaginative and at times quite moving, plus there are many funny moments to be had along the way. The characters are however overly silly and only ever lightly developed, but everything else about the script works so well that it easy to forgive its shortcomings. The music is rather charming and the animation itself is great too. Some of the violence does not quite work, but there are so many other scenes that simply radiate with beauty. The running time of over two hours is a bit lengthy, but watching it is by all means time well spent. If not quite the masterpiece that 'Spirited Away' is, this one comes pretty close.


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