Tenku no Shiro Rapyuta
Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Disney)
Movie - 126 minutes
$29.99 (2003) $29.99 (2010)
Japanese/English Audio - English Subtitles
Director - Hayao Miyazaki
Studio - Studio Ghibli
Synopsis: A girl floats down from the sky wearing a pendant necklace of glowing blue stone and Pazu rescues her. She is named Sheeta and is being pursued by the military. Sheeta is linked to the ancient floating city called Laputa where wondrous technology and wealth are stored. The two teenagers find unlikely allies in a group of sky pirates who are interested in Laputa to loot treasure, but have good hearts.
|Pazu discovers Sheeta floating down from the sky|
|Sheeta and Pazu flee from Muska's airship Goliath|
Sheeta's pendant is the key to finding Laputa and her history is inexorably linked with the legendary city. Can she and Pazu stop the evil Muska from destroying the world?
Pros: High-flying adventure, exciting chase scenes, wonderful hand-drawn animation, lush backgrounds, sense of wonder and amazement, incredibly simple yet appealing design work, excellent story with truly legendary feel, and the ancient robots rock!
|Can Pazu and Sheeta reach Laputa before Muska?|
Mike Tells It Straight: Laputa is one of my favorite films and another classic by Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli (the first official film by the studio in 1986). It's filled with fantastic adventure and suspense while keeping a lighthearted air of simplicity. A true classic and highly recommended for young and old alike. I would easily rate this among the top five Ghibli films of all-time. Animation and mechanical designs are top-notch organics (i.e. hand drawn). The robots are awesome and my two-year-old loves this movie (behind Totoro of course).
|Pazu and Sheeta meet a robot from Laputa|
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