Castly in the Sky is one of my favorites by Hayao Miyazaki. It is about Sheeta, a mysterious girl who fell from the sky, and Pazu, an orphen who helps out in the mines. Sheeta has a crystal necklace that was passed down in her family that contains a mysterious power, a which the Dola Pirate Gang and the Military want and are chasing her down for. Pazu gets caught up in the middle of the chase but does not want to abandon her. Everything though is connected to the flying castle Laputa. The Pirates and the Military want the legendary treasure, Pazu wants to prove that his father was right about the castle, Sheeta wants to learn about her heritage and Col. Muska wants the world conquering power that Laputa wields. This movie was made in 1986 but the animation is very well done. I can just imagine Miyazaki having a lot of fun with this movie, he loves aviation and it shows in this movie (as well as Porco Rosso) with his creative air ship designs, beautiful backgrounds and landscapes, and the detail put into the flying castle. Each character is developed and follows their own personality, of which I like the bumbling Pirates the best (they're a riot!). I highly recommend this movie, clean animation, thorough story, and likable characters round out this one nicely.
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