Castle in the Sky

1986 PG 2h 5m DVD

Castle in the Sky

1986 PG 2h 5m DVD
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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.
James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, Mayumi Tanaka, Keiko Yokozawa, Kotoe Hatsui, Minori Terada, Fujio Tokita, Ichiro Nagai, Megumi Hayashibara, Peter Fernandez
Hayao Miyazaki
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that "cartoon violence" and peril is fairly regular and sometimes intense in this spectacle, with abundant street brawling, gunfire (often aimed at children), artillery, death rays, even what looks like an H-bomb. Despite all that, no dead bodies are shown. This represents an English-dubbed, re-edited version of the three-hour original. If your household is filled with "anime" purists, you might want to try and obtain the uncut version. Try to get a widescreen edition in any case -- even the Disney VHS preserves the splendor in "letterbox" format.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A lot of shooting, with the child protagonists occasionally nicked by the, oh, 10,000 bullets flying around. Cannon/artillery fire, heat rays, a nuclear-type explosion. Characters perish (offscreen) by falling from a great height. A street fight between roughnecks. A robot is "killed," blasted with mortar rounds.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Sheeta and Pazu are both courageous, perceptive, plucky kids, though the girl seems to need rescuing a whole lot more than the boy. On the other side of the gender-age barrier, a spirited, tough old lady leads a gang of greedy pirates. These scalawags end up becoming allies and pals (though no less thieving). There seems to be dim view of the military and government agents.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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