PG | | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
Laputa is based off of a levitating island in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. However the film had to have "Laputa" taken out of the titles in Spain and severl other Latin and South American countries because "la puta," in Spanish literally means "the whore." Miyazaki apologized for this, saying that Laputa was both meaningless in English and Japanese.
What is it?
Col. Muska: An artificial life-form. It's called a robot. Laputa was just a legend until this dropped from the sky.
Col. Muska: Now, the government wants *me* to unlock Laputa's secrets. For example, what's this fellow made of, metal or ceramics? With our ...
Col. Muska: Oh...
When Dola announces that Goliath is off of the port bow, she looks in horror towards the Tiger Moth's starboard stern, the opposite direction from that which she announces.
The end credits show the remains of the castle Laputa floating on Earth's orbit.
Four minutes are cut from the Hong Kong version making the film 120 minutes.
$1,315,182 (France) (17 January 2003)