Tenku No Shiro Raputa

Tenku No Shiro Raputa

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Hayao Miyazaki, James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Mark Hamill

     
 

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Hayao Miyazaki's fantasy adventure Castle in the Sky begins with a chase scene through a flying ship, where all the passengers are after the young girl, Sheeta (voice of Anna Paquin). Going overboard to avoid capture, Sheeta is rescued by her powerful crystal necklace which floats her down to safety. She's recovered by Pazu (voice of James Van Der Beek), aSee more details below

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Hayao Miyazaki's fantasy adventure Castle in the Sky begins with a chase scene through a flying ship, where all the passengers are after the young girl, Sheeta (voice of Anna Paquin). Going overboard to avoid capture, Sheeta is rescued by her powerful crystal necklace which floats her down to safety. She's recovered by Pazu (voice of James Van Der Beek), a young resourceful boy who works in a small mining town. Sharing a common desire to see Laputa, the castle in the sky, Pazu and Sheeta team up to outrun the pirates and the military. Led by hard-bitten matriarch Dola (voice of Cloris Leachman), the pirates are a rowdy yet dimwitted group of brothers who are after Laputa's treasure. Led by the greedy yet civilized Muska (voice of Mark Hamill), the military is after Laputa's secret powers. Everyone races to get to the abandoned castle of Laputa, which has been overgrown with vines and plant life. Its only inhabitants are the animals and robots who protect a magical garden. As the different parties fight over who gets to control Laputa, it's up to Sheeta to use her ancient knowledge to save it from ultimate destruction. The English-language version also includes the voices of Mandy Patinkin and Andy Dick.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Perhaps the finest early creation by Spirited Away's anime auteur Hayao Miyazaki, Castle in the Sky (1986) is a soaring mix of gentle fairy-tale enchantment and high-flying aerial adventure. Inspired as much by Jonathan Swift (who conceived of the idea of a "castle in the sky" in Gulliver's Travels) as by Miyazaki's avowed love of aircraft, the story concerns two young children, Sheeta, a tragically orphaned girl, and Pazu, a boy determined to journey to a legendary kingdom in the clouds that his father once discovered. With the help of a band of air pirates (led by one of Miyazaki's most memorable creations, the fiery Ma Dola), Sheeta and Pazu make it to the castle in the sky, but only to face the threat of Muska, a scheming government agent who wants control of the kingdom's ancient-but-lethal technology. Although considered a box office disappointment when first released to Japanese theaters, Castle in the Sky retains all the linchpins of a Miyazaki classic: strong child characters, fantastic gadgets, and a visionary's sense of wonder. In a continued championing of the director's work, Disney's DVD offers a new English dub of the movie, featuring performances by Anna Paquin (as Sheeta), James Van Der Beek (as Pazu), and Cloris Leachman (as Dola). Volk Lindsay
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Inspired by a passage in Gulliver's Travels about a floating castle, Hayao Miyazaki created the myth of Laputa for Castle in the Sky. Well-suited to younger audiences, it's a fast-paced adventure story filled with many daring chases, captures, and escapes. One of the first feature-length animé films from Japan to receive international distribution, the setting has a strange Western feel to it with Industrial Revolution-style machinery and Caucasian-looking main characters. Being an aviation adventure, a lot of the action takes place in the air, with wildly contrasting flying machines and thousands of propellers. The design is especially notable when they all get to Laputa, which has a futuristic structure amazingly in tune with the natural surroundings. In this film, it seems that Miyazaki is developing the ecological themes, morally complex characters, and fantastic settings that he often returns to. For instance, the lovingly grotesque pirate mom Dora (excellently voiced by Cloris Leachman in the English-language version) manages to stride the line between good and evil like the characters in his subsequent works. Even the robots of Laputa are simultaneously creepy, destructive, and amazingly gentle beings. Though it's visually proficient and contains an expertly re-recorded musical score by Joe Hisaishi, some of the dialogue in the English version is corny and inconsistent with the original images. The story still delivers a standard fantasy adventure with glimpses of the director's trademark humanism and whimsy. Assembling the production team for Castle in the Sky led to the formation of the successful animation company Studio Ghibli.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
UPC:
0786936057638
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Van Der Beek Pazu [English version]
Anna Paquin Sheeta [English version]
Mark Hamill Muska [English version]
Cloris Leachman Dola [English version]
Richard Dysart Uncle Pom [English version]
Jim Cummings General [English version]
John Hostetter Boss [English version]
Michael McShane Charles [English version]
Mandy Patinkin Louie [English version]
Andy Dick Henri [English version]
Mayumi Tanaka Pazu [Japanese version]
Keiko Yokozawa Sheeta [Japanese version]

Technical Credits
Hayao Miyazaki Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer
Isao Takahata Producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma Executive Producer
Tatsumi Yamashita Producer

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