Pazu is a boy (an engineer’s
apprentice) working in a mining town. He wants to find the flying city of Laputa tahte
his father once photographed. One day, he saves a girl named Sheeta who floats
down from the sky. Secret government agents and pirates want the crystal
necklace Sheeta is wearing. Muska wants the power of the legendary flying city
of Laputa while Dola wants the treasure for her pirates.
CASTLE IN THE SKY is a very imaginative
movie from Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese version of Walt Disney. The movie took a little while to be a success since an ordinary
guy or boy doesn’t connect immediately with a Japanese audience. CASTLE
IN THE SKY has to be one of my favorites by Miyazak since I watched it. I’m
always discovering films of his that I never watched. The English voice actors
add accessibility to the film since many Miyazaki films to me don’t sound
as good in Japanese. The English voice cast has been chosen fantastically by
Disney and Pixar for the Miyazaki films.
CASTLE IN THE SKY blends the wonder you see in old Disney animated films with the Japanese storytelling style.
Disc two has the majority of the extras.
BEHIND THE STUDIO features several featurettes
that look into the making of CASTLE IN THE SKY and Studio Ghibli itself:
THE WORLD OF LAPUTA
CREATING CASTLE IN THE SKY
PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE: MEETING MIYAZAKI-
the producer relates how he met and started collaborating with Miyazaki.
SCORING MIYAZAKI- a look at scoring the
BEHIND THE MICORPHONE- behind-the-scenes
of the English voice cast recording their lines for CASTLE IN THE SKY.
ENTER THE LANDS gives some info on the
various worlds of Studio Ghibli films, but it is only limited to info in the current Studio Ghibli films released as special
editions for March 2. A whole storyboard version of the film is also on
disc two. The only extra on disc one are previews for other Disney releases
and an introduction by John Lasseter.
FINAL ANALYSIS: CASTLE IN THE SKY is an imaginative animated film, an adventure for all ages to enjoy. Now it is one of my new favorite Miyazak films.
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