Tenku no Shiro Laputa

Title:Tenku no Shiro Laputa
Castle in the Sky
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
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Notables: Animation - Studio Ghibli
R1 License - GKIDS
An orphaned girl with a powerful and mysterious pendant which proves to be an the object of much unwanted attention by government spies, an army, and pirates, since it is the key to the legendary floating castle Laputa. Befriended by a boy, Pazu, the two must prevent the ancient flying island from being abused.

First released in 1986, this is another one of those wondrous stories from Hayao Miyazaki, the master anime, who also created Porco Rosso, Future Boy Conan, Howl's Moving Castle and the amazing Spirited Away.

124 minute long movie (released in 1985)
Produced by Studio Ghibli
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Buy 9 9 8 10 9 Ggultra2764 [series:128#1552]
Laputa is notable among long-time anime fans as being the first official Studio Ghibli film made in 1986. This steampunk fantasy-adventure film focuses on our main pairing of Pazu and Sheeta seeking out the whereabouts of the mysterious land in the sky, Laputa, while evading both a gang of sky pirates and members of the military seeking Sheeta to guide them to Laputa for their own varying ends.

With this plot, Laputa builds up its plot development around Sheeta's connection to the titular floating island and those concerned for her well-being getting dragged into the conflict. The movie's two hour length provides enough time to explore its world, flesh out Sheeta's origins, and explore the motives of the sky pirates and military for desiring Sheeta. Pazu and Sheeta get fleshed out that explore their back story and get some development with both their relationship and growth throughout the span of the movie with their adventure. The sky pirates are also shown to have their redeemable traits when our pairing ally with them later in the film against Muska and the military. The movie is unique in that it is a rare Ghibli film to have a clear villain in the form of Muska, who is sadly not too intriguing as a character due to his typical manipulative and power-hungry character type. The ending is also somewhat of a letdown with its rather convenient resolution to the film's conflict.

Presentation-wise, Laputa sports great quality animation that still holds up remarkably well today in spite of being over 30 years old. The film sports gorgeous scenic shots and the typical character designs employed with Ghibli's animation style. There is consistent fluid movement depicted throughout the span of the movie, this impressively shown during many of Laputa's flight scenes involving airships, the flying devices of the air pirates, and the technology employed by the titular flying island. Musically, the film consists of mysterious, tense and dramatic tracks masterfully composed by Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi, as the tracks fit in seamlessly with all of Laputa's notable scenes.

Overall, Laputa made for an engaging fantasy-adventure film delving into the mystery surrounding the titular floating island and Sheeta's connection to it. It is a definite recommendation for fans of Studio Ghibli's works.

Last updated Sunday, August 21 2016. Created Sunday, January 06 2008.
Buy Jan-Chan [series:128#967]
Disney has taken Hayao Miyzaki and his Studio Ghibli titles to heart and are slowing releasing all of their movies into the R1-USA market. While I might not like Disney, I really can not find any fault or flaws in their dubbing efforts. They have taken this very wondrous adventure story and have made it available to English-only speaking children (most of whom would never be able to sit still enough and have to read a subtitled release).

This is very fun story which has some measure of violence and strange scary robots, so it probably should be rated as PG-7+, but the sophistication and complexity of the story is certain to keep any adults entertained. I have already bought three of Disney’s Miyzaki Anime Sets, one for myself and two for my various nieces and nephens.

Last updated Wednesday, September 09 2009. Created Friday, November 10 2006.
Buy Violet D [series:128#1393]
I fell in love with this one when I watched it. The main characters are so cute with their actions and Pazu with his determination and drive to help the young girl who fell from the sky. The adventures they go on to save the legendary floating castle laputa are priceless and a way to enter an imaginary land. I wanted to watch it again and again.

Last updated Friday, June 10 2005. Created Friday, June 10 2005.
Buy 10 10 9 9 9 AstroNerdBoy [series:128#436]
This is a Miyazaki work and it is a good one. The mecha has been seen in some of his other works. Some of the animals as well. And the characters could have been pulled from other titles. But that doesn't matter. It is the ride that is so fun, and the art/animation is so beautiful, it is hard to believe it wasn't done by computers.
A note on the DVD: Disney expects you to watch the English dub on this. The subtitles they provide for the Japanese track are lacking in areas. Some single-word statements like "hai" don't get translated. And at times the text wasn't timed properly. And a translation of the song? Sorry mate, not going to happen. And Disney would never do honorifics because that would make it seem un-American (which it is).
Bottom line: Great movie and fun for the whole family.

Last updated Friday, October 17 2003. Created Friday, October 17 2003.
Buy 9 8 8 9 9 Sesen Kelader [series:128#471]
I could have watched it over and over again for more than 100 times with no sense of exaggerating. It's my very first favorite anime that I could not forget since 9 (and I'm 19 1/2 now...). When watching it now, it still impacts me. The idea of Laputa is borrowed from Western tale story, but Miyazaki makes it a refresing anime of his own idea. The idea of flying stone and magic-like tech is especially astonishing.
Castle in the sky bears the idea that improper use/overuse of destructive science is not what mankinds excercise for survival. Laputa devasated because of it. Yet its lost descendant still tries to come back and use the destructive weapons. Implicitly it implies that humans repeat history hopelessly. On the other hand, The two main characters stand for the, search. the hope, and the wisdom humans have to prevent catastrophies resulted by human. Also the finding and giving up of identities is thoughtful.

Last updated Saturday, January 04 2003. Created Saturday, January 04 2003.
Buy 8 8 8 9 10 o [series:128#15]
One of the best anime classics of all time (along with Hotaru no Haka), by Studio Ghibli. An epic story of two children trying to prevent an ancient flying castle from falling into the wrong hands. I'm lucky to have the fansub - unfortunately Disney has bought the rights to all Studio Ghibli films, so expect major censorship and loose translations. (Japanese-only imports are still available from places like Tokyopop.)

Last updated Monday, September 13 1999. Created Monday, September 13 1999.

Other Sites
Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli Web Site http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/laputa/
Disney's Studio Ghibli Web Site (English) http://www.miyazakimovies.com

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