Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky

DVD - 2012
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Pazu is an engineer's apprentice who finds Sheeta, a young girl, floating down from the sky, wearing a glowing pendant. Together, they discover both are searching for Laputa, a legendary floating castle, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around Sheeta's neck. Their quest won't be easy. There are greedy air pirates, secret government agents and astounding obstacles to keep them from learning the truth.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, [2012]
Branch Call Number: J FIC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Miyazaki, Hayao 1941-


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Aug 31, 2019

Imagination! You won't find this anywhere else.... extra features of behind scenes...

Jul 23, 2019

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Jun 30, 2019

i was sure i'd seen this movie at least once before, because last year i went through and watched all of miyazaki's/studio ghibli's films, most of which i'd seen before, and watching it for the 2nd or 3rd time recently, i realised why i couldn't remember it: there was nothing in it that engaged my attention. thin character development, thin plot, animation is okay but not stunning. i was SO bored. and the girl character's accent kept changing which annoyed me to no end. i get that this is considered a classic, and most of the other comments have been raves, but compared to most of miyazaki/ghibli's oeuvre, this falls far short, in my opinion. i hope after this i remember that i've seen it and never watch it again. it made me want to do anything else but watch it.

Jun 13, 2019

It’s an amazing film. If you enjoy anime, then you’ll be enthralled with this film. The artwork and storyline are strong and well-done. Highly recommend if you enjoy action/adventure anime.

Jun 02, 2019

This is a terrific film, even if it is for children; a variably paced action-adventure film with wildly imagined places, rich in symbols and mytho-poetic tropes put together in novel ways. The best part of the whole thing is the music - Tchaikovsky couldn't have done it better!

Jan 12, 2019

This is a wonderful master piece created by Hayao Miyazaki, best enjoyed in original language with subtitles. If you pay attention Miyazaki's movie/anime often has a profound underlying messages. This one shows power.

Criticisms & tid bits:
The original title is "Laputa, The Castle in The Sky" released in 1986 from Studio Ghibbli, a Hayao Miyaza's animation company, not Disney.
Disney has a large distribution network and put together different dub voice actors, and even took the liberty to add extra dialogues and sounds in moments of silence.
It's not the first time Disney have put their names on other masters works. Take Lion King for example, its semblance is amazingly close to Kimba, The White Lion, which was created by Osamu Tezuka in The 60's, despite that the original artist have not been compensated. I'm simply disgusted at their audacity:

Sep 23, 2018

This 1986 fantasy/action film is about a young orphan named Sheeta who is kidnapped, and brought on a major adventure that includes pirates, magic, and more. The movie had many fantastic moments that created wonder and had a lot of beautiful special effects. The actors were charming as ever, and really pulled off their roles. What I liked about the movie is how it brought two orphan children together, and combined magic and evil to make things fun and exciting. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like family friendly films with a lot of imagination and creativity. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Aug 24, 2018

There were some very interesting characters in this film: the two main characters (Sheeta & Pazu), a group of pirates who are not what they first appear to be, and a bunch of fabulous robots. The many scenes of violence and destruction did not suit my tastes, but I did enjoy some of the quieter scenes--especially the ones in which Sheeta & Pazu first explore the wonders of Laputa.

Oct 14, 2017

I learned how to play the piano just because I watched the first 2 minutes of this! BEST THING EVER

Sep 27, 2017

a good movie but went on for a while.

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Jun 09, 2014

(Patsu) "What is this ship made of, CLOTH!?" (Dola) "And DON'T you RIP it!!"

Jun 09, 2014

(Patsu) *to Sheeta* "Well, you laugh like a normal person. With the way you fell from the sky, I thought you might be an angel or something."

May 20, 2014

(Dola) *gives Patsu a gun* The boy has become a man!

Aug 25, 2013

Louis:Dola: [sing-song tease] Pazu loves Sheeta!And Dola says,Be quiet!Whatever you says that makes my little sister Melody and me laughs.

May 18, 2013

Dola: "Shut up already!"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Dola: [as Laputa soars away] That tree's gettin' away with our treasure!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Dola: Ah, what can I tell ya? They just really like dessert.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Dola: Will you shut up?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Henri: And I like chocolate cake with that... Oh, what's that frosting? It's kinda pink and swirly with...

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Louis: I get to lick the spatula!

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May 18, 2013

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Feb 27, 2013

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Nov 29, 2013

Sheeta and Patsu must outrun both the Dola Gang and a group of government agents and military backed by Muska to discover the floating city born of legends, Laputa.

Aug 25, 2013

I wish I want a glowing pendant that floats down and up like Emily from Amulet and she wears a stonekeeper.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

In the movie's backstory, human civilizations built flying cities, which were destroyed during an unspecified catastrophe, forcing the survivors to live on the ground as before. Just one city, Laputa, remains in the sky, concealed by a thunderstorm. In the opening scene, an airship travels though the clouds. On board are a girl named Sheeta and Muska, the government agent who abducted her. Without warning, an air pirate gang led by an old but vivacious woman named Dola attack the airship. Like Muska, they want Sheeta and her stone. The pirates invade the ship, and during the ensuing chaos, Sheeta manages to knock Muska unconscious and steals a blue stone. The pirates break into her room, and she tries to hide by escaping out a window and clinging to the outside of the ship. However, she loses her grip and falls into the night sky. As the unconscious Sheeta hurtles toward the ground, the blue stone emits a mysterious light slowing Sheeta's descent. From a small mining town (Slag's Ravine), a young boy named Pazu sees the light of the stone descending from the sky and runs to investigate. Upon reaching the mineshaft, he reaches out to catch the falling girl. To his amazement, she appears weightless (that is, until the stone stops glowing). Pazu decides to take her to his home. He tells Sheeta about the floating city of Laputa and his deceased father, a pilot who had taken a photograph of the city.


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