Castle in the Sky
1989
In this children's anime adventure, young miner Pazu and mysterious girl Sheeta (who wears a magic pendant around her neck) team up to find the long-lost island of Laputa, which is rumored to have great riches and gems. Accompanied by a band of bumbling air pirates led by the quick-tempered Ma Dola, Pazu and Sheeta are pursued by government agents who want the riches of Laputa for themselves. Includes some special features.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

Hiyao Miyazaki didn't always have a magic touch. He fills this mid-eighties dud with bland archetypes for heroes and villains, lame physical comedy, and a weird lack of wonder at the events that transpire, such the discovery of a fucking flying castle. This is ho-hum early work from an animator who luckily mastered his craft in other films.

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