Distribution Rights: Disney
Genres: Fantasy, Family
|Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Movie)|
Alternate Title: Castle in the
Description: Sheeta is a little girl on
the run from pirates and government officials, who want
the secret of her "levitation stone" and Laputa, the
floating Castle, for their own purposes. After falling
from a flying ship, she meets Pazu, a young orphan boy
who tries to help her escape. Their actions lead them
through many trials and eventually the true secret of
Sheeta's past and Laputa itself.
| Reviewer #1: Kane
Episodes reviewed: Subtitled
|| Although most people may argue with me on this point, I
have to say that Laputa: Castle in the Sky is the most
"Miyazaki" of all the director's creations. What do I mean by
that? Well, Miyazaki's movies are never really about
beginnings or ends. It's about heart and this movie, more than
any other of his movies, is most about heart.
From the start, as Sheeta falls from the sky and music
begins playing, the imagery and sounds perfectly envelop you
with the spirit of what the entire movie is about: adventure
and yearning. Hard-working, loyal Pazu and innocent Sheeta
seems to be the culmination of character development Miyazaki
has been doing over the years, from Future Boy Conan to
Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro. The other characters
are developed just as well and the pirates, especially, are
fun, dynamic, and hilarious.
Miyazaki's love for all things that has to do with flying
really show through, as you see wonderful scenes and designs
of flying ships, storm clouds, and finally, the flying lands.
This is a beautiful anime that should not be missed.
In the US's release of this version, they have eliminated
the name "Laputa" from the title and story, because "Laputa"
means "prostitute" in Spanish, and Spanish is the #2 language
in the U.S.
| Reviewer #2: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
Subtitled and Dubbed
||Castle in the Sky
is an epic fantasy adventure, full of action and thrills,
images of great beauty, grandeur, and sadness, and a moving
musical score by Jo Hisaishi. As in many of Miyazaki's films,
the viewer follows the characters from ground level, to the
depths of mines and dungeons, to high in the sky.
The orphan girl, Sheeta, is the target of pirates and
military schemers because of her heritage, a heritage of which
she herself is barely aware. She is seen, correctly, as the
key to the enormous wealth and power of the semi-legendary
floating city of Laputa.
One of the most beautiful scenes is in the mines, where
Sheeta and her friend and champion, the orphan boy Pazu, are
shown the glowing veins of levitation stone in the cavern
It is hard not to see Sheeta's hidden power as a symbol of
the untapped power of the subconscious mind. In one of the
movie's most powerful scenes, Sheeta, imprisoned in a military
fortress, musingly recites a charm from her childhood, in the
Laputian language. To her and everyone's astonishment, a
broken Laputian robot deep in the fortress' dungeon revives
itself. The robot lays waste to the fortress trying to reach
Sheeta and protect her.
Laputa itself, the once magnificent city in the sky, is a
poignant, depopulated ruin. Overgrown with vegetation, its
maintenance robots breaking down one by one, its most notable
feature is a huge monument to the dead. A splendid
civilization, tragically and irretrievably lost.