A truly amazing film. The animation is suberb and the plot is interesting, engaging and inspiring. I enjoyed this film quite and bit and is one of my favorite Miyazaki films. The one thing I did not like about this movie was the English translation. I strongly recommend that you see the movie in Japanese and read the subtitles in English. The original Japanese version is much better than the English one because the voiceovers were excellent, were full of emotions and well acted. The English version is compeletely opposite to this. James Van Der Beek and Anna Paquin succeed only at creating the most emotionless dialogue ever. Their voiceovers were bland, lacked emotion and character. The only one that did a good job was Cloris Leachman. She was excellent in the voiceover of Dola. So, I recommend that you watch this movie as it was intended to be seen, in Japanese. The English version is horrible.
EXTRAS: The film can be seen in three languages: Japanese, English and French. There are English subtitles.
The Bonus Features were rather poor as it only offers a few interviews with the actors, film trailers, and the such. The extras were not that great.
I'm a huge fan of Howl's Moving Castle and have watched it a few times now, so I decided to watch this film too which was recommended. There was action from the very beggining, but the story line itself got off to a slow start. However the characters grew on me and although they are very young (13 or so) and therefor I was unable to find them attractive like Howl, the film itself made up for that loss. I would recommend this to ayone who enjoys a good anime.
Castle in the Sky is a 1986 anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released by Studio Ghibli. The story begins with a young girl named Sheeta being taken to an unknown area by Colonel Muska. When sky pirates attack the flying vehicle, Sheeta is able to grab the pendant from Colonel Muska and escape. But when the sky pirates try to capture her, Sheeta falls off the vehicle. Her pendant emits a blue light and allows her to float gently to the ground. A boy named Panzu sees … more
Inspired by "Gulliver's Travels," the fantasy-adventureCastle in the Sky(1986) was Hayao Miyazaki's third feature, and helped to establish his reputation as a visionary in both Japan and America. The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the legendary sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world.Castleechoes elements in Myazaki's earlierNausicaä, and anticipates imagery in his later films, fromMy Neighbor TotorotoSpirited Away. Disney's new English dub, which features Anna Paquin (Sheeta), James Van Der Beek (Pazu), and Cloris Leachman (pirate matriarch Dola), is lively and close in tone to the original Japanese, if a bit talkier. The exciting flying sequences, appealing characters, and fantastic vision of a steam-powered future Jules Verne might have imagined makeCastle in the Skya must-have for fans of Japanese and Western animation. (Unrated: suitable for ages 10 and older: violence)--Charles Solomon