Laputa Castle in the Sky (re-titled Castle in the Sky for release in the United States) is a 1986 animated full length feature film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is the first film produced and released by Studio Ghibli .The film was distributed by Toei Kabushiki Kaisha. Laputa: Castle in the Sky won the Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1986.
In the film's backstory, human civilizations built flying cities, later destroyed by an unspecified catastrophe (hinted by the movie a massive storm), caused by people who became proud of their power, forcing the survivors to live on the ground while the sole exception Laputa. The descendents of Laputeans can be seen in the intro in the movie, and in the last scene of the intro, it shows Sheeta carrying a bucket next to a hill, the same hill the Laputean descendents were on during the start of the intro, foreshadowing that Sheeta is of Laputean Descendent (but of course the viewers doesn't know about Laputa or Sheeta yet. This is noticed when one watches the movie a second time).
The movie starts with Sheeta in a airship at night, guarded by Muska. It happens that Dola and her pirates were waiting for the airship and plans to steal the Laputean crystal. Dola raids the airship but is held back by Muska's men. While Muska was radioing for help he was knocked unconscious by Sheeta and she recovers the Laputean crystal and flees through the window as the pirates tries to break into the room. Eventually, the pirates breach the door but to find only an unconscious Muska and an open window. They checked the window to find Sheeta with the crystal trying to sneak to the next window, however the pirates break into the next room, and the attempt startled Sheeta, casuing her to slip and fall off the airship.
Sheeta falls unconsious during the fall, and unoticed by her, the Laputean crystal starts to glow and magically slows her descent. She is seen floating towards a small mining town.
Pazu is a helper in the small mining town, during that night Pazu noticed a strange blue glow in the sky, and decides to check it out. It happens that it was person falling from the sky (Sheeta) and rushes to catch her. He recovers Sheeta and lays her body to rest on a crane while he continued his work in the mine.
He works for his "Boss" whom was giving him Meatballs, for Dinner, tries to tell him about Sheeta, but was distracted by the malfunctions of the pipes, Pazu was later given the job as the hoist controller for the Miners Elevator. At the last minute he hits the breaks saving the Miners, they had no luck finding rare metals, so called it a day, while Pazu finished up works before taking Sheeta home with him.
When Morning rose, Pazu wakes up seeing Sheeta comfortable on his bed. He then takes a Trombone and frees his pidgeons, and play his Trombone, as the birds flys around the valley where the houses are by the cliffs, and on the ridges, showing that this is a place where the Miners belong and live in harmony, as Pazu continues Sheeta awakens and gets to meet Pazu and his friends.
- Laputa is the name of the flying island in Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
- In the movie, the fox-squirrels on the gardener robot while Pazu and Sheeta was under the big tree appears in the movie Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Teto)
- 2 August 1986 Movie theater
- 3 August 1988 Original VHS release
- 24 March 1989 Streamline dubbing
- January 1996 Newer VHS release
- 1998 Disney dubbing
- 2003 Video release