Castle in the Sky 1989

Castle in the Sky

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With a storytelling palette as rich and brilliant as its animation, Castle in the Sky thrillingly encapsulates Studio Ghibli's unique strengths.

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Young orphan Sheeta and her kidnapper, Col. Muska, are flying to a military prison when their plane is attacked by a gang of air pirates led by the matronly Dola. Escaping from a mid-air collision via a magic crystal around her neck, Sheeta meets fellow orphan Pazu and the pair join forces to discover the mystical floating city of Laputa while pursued by both Muska and the pirates, who lust for the city's myriad treasures.

Cast & Crew

Anna Paquin
Sheeta
Voice
Mark Hamill
Muska
Voice
Yasuyoshi Tokuma
Executive Producer
Joe Hisaishi
Original Music
Yoshihiro Kasahara
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Takeshi Seyama
Film Editor
Toshio Nozaki
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Critic Reviews for Castle in the Sky

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Castle in the Sky

  • Nov 23, 2013
    Miyazaki is a versatile artist who can make just as many thought-provoking stories as lighter ones. This one ranks among the latter, a very delightful animation that has its share of sillier moments but makes up for them with a lot of fun and adventure.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2013
    "Castle in the Sky" is considered to be the first ever film released from this filmmaker (Hayao Miyazaki) and to be perfectly honest, it's a sheer masterpiece in storytelling and in it's visuals. There were portions that actually made me tear up, just listening to the music along with the scenery, which was brilliant beyond belief. The American voice acting fits very well into the Dubbed version and the overall atmosphere is just so loveable. Many films have definitely been influenced by this, and I would be shocked if they denied that, because the filmmaking (mostly in post) is breathtaking. I have absolutely no complaints about this film whatsoever. It is funny, well written, well directed, and beautifully animated. With no flaws in sight, this film is incredible!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2013
    Disjointed in it's story line, as many Japanese anime films are, Castle in the Sky is nonetheless very creative. I always feel a little icky when I hear Dawson's voice however and as the voice behind the main character, you feel very icky by the end.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2012
    A girl who falls from the sky and an orphaned boy search for a legendary floating city while being chased by flying pirates and a secret airborne government agency. This child's-eye epic adventure has got action, chaste romance, a well-constructed plot, and typical touches of Hayao Miyazaki's animated magic; pretty much everything you could ask for in great children's entertainment.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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