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Castle in the Sky ( Tenkū no shiro Rapyuta ) (1986) Movie Information

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Hayao Miyazaki


James Van Der Beek
Anna Paquin
Cloris Leachman
Mark Hamill
Mandy Patinkin
Jim Cummings





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A young girl floats from the sky after a shady government agency and a band of pirates clash over a crystal she possesses. A young boy finds her and together they begin an exciting adventure that leads them to a Laputa - the castle in the sky.

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An appealing family orientated anime with the usual themes of good triumphing against evil and an eco-friendly spirituality permeating the lavish visuals, together with the usual comic relief. "Pleasant" is the most fitting adjective.

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Beautifully drawn animation, charismatic characters and amazing story, it features one of the most emotional and superb intro to an animated feature I have ever seen! The soundtrack is simply perfect.

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Miyazaki is the master of beautiful and intricate visual landscapes. There are some truly awe-inspiring sequences in this film, which also includes memorable characters, some great comic relief, and a nonstop, action-oriented plot.

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Chris Kavan 05/04/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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As with all of Miyazaki's excellent animated films, Castle in the Sky is full of vibrant animation, a compelling story and lots of heart. The American casting is done well on this release - a great animated film that everyone should watch.

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05/31/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fantastic high-flying adventure from Miyazaki!

Arguably one of Miyazaki's most accessible works, CASTLE IN THE SKY (renamed from the Japanese title, LAPUTA, since it's a bad word in Spanish) follows two young orphans struggling to find the titular structure (which is nonetheless pronounced "Lah-pyu-tah" in Disney's dub). They are helped by air pirates (commanded by aging yet fearless Dola) and opposed by government (manipulated by evil agent Muska). Miyazaki established his now famous animation company Studio Ghibli to produce this movie. While this wasn't one of his more financially successful films, it nonetheless has earned legions of fans for its appealing characters, breathtaking (for its time) animation, and fresh serving of action and flight sequences that may make one giddy. There are also some elements of sci-fi, particularly...

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One of the Weaker Miyazaki Films

I think this is one of the weaker Hayao Miyazaki films but it's still pretty good when it comes to the bigger picture of animated films. Since most of Miyazaki's pictures are always timeless, getting an above average story feels like a complete letdown. This kind of reminded me of "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds" because there's a lot of flying and there are commentaries about the preservation of nature. I did like the hyperkinetic energy that it posesses with a ten to fifteen minute interval inbetween action sequences. I just wish that it was stranger and had more heart like "Spirited Away." I think this movie would have worked better if this was made today or if it was a live-action film because there are definitely worthy eye-popping visual effects. Overall, it was a bit too long ...

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