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Castle in the Sky
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I first saw this movie when it was released in US theaters as "Laputa the Floating Island." The mythical floating island of Laputa is taken from Swift's "Gulliver's Travels." Like Swift, Miyazaki cloaks a political statement with a fantasy, giving deeper meaning to his story. Environmentalism has always been central to his films, and "Castle in the Sky" is no exception.
Visual, the film is a literal flight of fancy. Much of the film takes place in the air. Air pirates travel in unwieldy flying machines. Giant dirigibles sail the skies. Travel by kite is an acceptable option. The animation is of the highest quality, as is the sound and acting.
The story may seem familiar to followers of animation. Miyazaki also work briefly on the script of "Nadia: Secret of Blue Water" using some of the same concepts. The story was also adapted by Disney as their film "Atlantis," sending the characters underground instead of up to the sky. However, "Castle in the Sky" is the story in it's original, best form.
I cannot recommend this film enough.
After 16 years since Castle in the Sky was first released in the theatres, I still consider it the creme da la creme of all anime movies. Certainly Laputa's art direction cannot compare to today's S/B CGI and S/B 3D animation. However, the story is much more fascinating and breathtaking than KiKi Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and even Princess Mononoke. Princess Mononoke is a graphically stunning piece of art but Castle in the Sky is a wonderful story of courage and determination. While there are a few graphically violent scenes in Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky is packed with action without graphic violence.
I considered myself fortunate to be able to see it on the big screen (the original English version.) Castle in the Sky is a grand movie that deserves the big screen. I love the soundtrack of the movie very much. It is very uplifting and motivating. The title song, Carrying You, communicates the same kind of warmheartedness that permeates throughout all of Miyazaki's films.
Also disclaimer: This review contains complaints galore so if you're not in the mood, it's best you pass this one by.
I love Studio Ghibli movies. There's a magical element of adventure and heart that are hard to find elsewhere. And Laputa is by far my favorite movie of all Ghibli movies I've seen (seen most of them). I think the English release unfortunately killed it. Note: The 2003 and the newer 2010 DVD versions both point to the same reviews. This review is based on the 2003 Disney American DVD release. It appears that the 2010 version reverts back to the original Japanese soundtrack, extra filler dialogue not present in the Japanese version have been removed. That said, the main points in the review - the choice of voice actors and change in dialogue - still apply. Also, below the title on the Amazon page, you'll see the list of actors as: Barbara Goodson (Actor), James Van Der Beek (Actor) - this is completely confusing as Barbara Goodson is not in the Disney version (read about that in the updated section of this review at the end). I wish Amazon wouldn't blindly combine different versions of this movie onto one page with shared reviews...
I won't focus on the story since many others have done so (it's amazing) but more on the audio, the dub and the translation. First is the dub. It's atrocious. It's horrid. It's painfully subpar. And I cannot help but be overwhelmed with utter frustration that I must accept this as the final product. It's been released. It's done. There's not a do-over. We're unfortunately stuck with this.
I'm a native Japanese speaker so I can tell how well things get translated...Read more ›
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Bought this as a Christmas surprise for my daughter who is a major anime buff! She was thrilled!Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lovestudio Ghilbi, but I expected this movie to be a little more kid-friendly like some others (Song of the Sea, KiKi's Delivery, Totoro). Read morePublished 22 days ago by Shauna M.
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|Questions on the new 2010 release...||
Yes, the new release of CASTLE IN THE SKY (well, 2010) has unfortunately omitted the remixed score as well as most of the extra dialogue from the dub. A lot of Ghibli purists, believe it or not, DETESTED the new score and think the older one, which isn't so constant, is superior, but personally... Read More
Apr 16, 2010 by Jonathon Turner | See all 6 posts
YES! It's true, it's the same in Kiki's Delivery Service.
Castle in the Sky, and Kiki's Delivery Service, were both released on dvd in 2003. Try your hardest to get those releases! Even if you had to buy them used, like I did. I know the English dubs on those releases depart more from the... Read More
Jul 5, 2013 by Goats | See all 3 posts
I think it's funny that people are saying the two are unrelated without any proof. There is in fact much more evidence supporting the theory than disproving it.
It is very likely that the golems of Laputa were eventually developed further into the giant warriors. Their designs are unquestionably... Read More
Jan 1, 2014 by Jack | See all 4 posts
|Will This Be Released On Blu-Ray?||
I don't know if it will, but if it does come to BluRay, it'll probably be in Japan first. I think it may happen though.
Jan 1, 2010 by Jonathon Turner | See all 8 posts
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