A tribute to a 1986 Animated feature film. by Hayao Miyasaki. One of my All time top 10 favorite animated movie.
About the Film.
In the movie’s backstory, human civilizations built flying cities, which were destroyed during a catastrophe, forcing the survivors to live on the ground as before. Just one city, Laputa, remains in the sky, concealed by a thunderstorm. In the opening scene, a girl named Sheeta is escorted by sinister-looking agents under Colonel Muska. The ship is attacked by sky pirates led by an old, yet vivacious woman named Dola. Sheeta escapes through a window, but she accidentally falls from the airship. As she falls, a pendant she took from Muska glows and she floats. A boy named Pazu witnesses Sheeta floating, catches her, and takes her back to his home. He tells Sheeta about the floating city of Laputa and his deceased father, a pilot that saw Laputa.
Dola’s pirates arrive and pursue them, but they are cornered by soldiers. The children fall from a collapsing rail trestle and are saved by the pendant, leaving them inside the mines. They meet an old miner named Uncle Pom, who tells them of a mysterious, forgotten element called aetherium. Sheeta shows Pom her pendant, and he explains that it is one of the pure crystals used to keep Laputa aloft. He tells her that the power of her crystal belongs to the earth and that she should never use it to commit violence.
Sheeta and Pazu
After the children leave the mine, Sheeta reveals to Pazu she has inherited a secret name: “Lusheeta Toel Ul Laputa”. Then, the children are captured by Muska and the army and taken away to a fortress. A general and Muska discuss the search for Laputa and agree that Sheeta and her crystal are the keys to its discovery. Muska shows Sheeta a huge Laputian robot, reveals his knowledge of her secret name, and tells that unless she cooperates in the search for Laputa, Pazu will come to harm. Seeking to protect him, Sheeta tells Pazu that she has agreed to help the military, and asks him to forget her. Stunned, Pazu returns home, where he discovers Dola’s pirates occupying his house. He is captured and they decide to work together to rescue Sheeta.
Meanwhile, Sheeta absent-mindedly recites a spell her grandmother taught her, causing her crystal to point to Laputa. The spell also reanimates the robot, which wreaks havoc. The robot attempts to rescue Sheeta before it is destroyed by the Goliath warship, causing Sheeta’s pendant to tear from her neck and fall from the tower, which is later recovered by Muska. After the robot was destroyed, Dola and Pazu come and rescue Sheeta from the tower. The children and Dola’s pirates decide to pursue Goliath to Laputa and that night, Sheeta tells Pazu about the Spell of Destruction, a power she has never used, and that she wishes she’d thrown the crystal away.
As the children keep watch above the clouds in a glider, a massive stormcloud becomes visible, which Pazu recognizes as Laputa’s hiding place. As the pirates try to find a way in, the Goliath warship attacks and the glider is blasted away. After a harrowing ride, the children land in Laputa, which is devoid of human life; a robot takes care of the plants and animals.
The soldiers plunder the city’s treasures, holding the pirates captive. After locating a hidden entrance to the city’s core, Muska captures Sheeta and takes her inside. Pazu frees the pirates and finds another way into the sphere. Muska reveals to Sheeta that he is also an heir to the throne of Laputa, takes over all of Laputa’s technology, and uses it to activate hundreds of robots and wipe out the army and Goliath while Dola and the pirates hide inside the remains of their ship. Sheeta steals back the crystal from Muska and runs through the core of Laputa, trying to find a way to escape. She does, however, find Pazu, and passes the crystal to him.
Muska corners Sheeta in the throne room but Pazu enters and the children decide to use the Spell of Destruction. With a single word, the pendant triggers the collapse of the city’s core. Muska collapsing of the case prepares now kill her falls to his death, while Sheeta and Pazu are saved by the tree’s roots. They find the glider brings of the gone of before spinning destroyed escaping of the way in the tree’s roots nearby and use it to leave Laputa. Dola and pirates the one battle of destruction of earthquake to past first stand up forgots hole blast up and are reunited with the children, with some Laputian treasure as a compensation. The ending credits show the remains of Laputa continuing to rise, establishing an orbit high above earth.
About the Director.
Hayao Miyazaki (born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese manga artist and prominent film director and animator of many popular anime feature films. Through a career that has spanned nearly fifty years, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a maker of animated feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, an animation studio and production company. The success of Miyazaki’s films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park and Robert Zemeckis; he has also been named one of the most influential people by Time magazine.
Born in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Miyazaki began his animation career in 1961, when he joined Toei Animation. From there, Miyazaki worked as an in-between artist for Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon where he pitched his own ideas that eventually became the movie’s ending. He continued to work in various roles in the animation industry over the decade until he was able to direct his first feature film Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro which was released in 1979. After the success of his next film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, he co-founded Studio Ghibli where he continued to produce many feature films until his temporary retirement in 1997 following Princess Mononoke.
While Miyazaki’s films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West until Miramax Films released Princess Mononoke. Princess Mononoke was the highest-grossing film in Japan—until it was eclipsed by another 1997 film, Titanic—and the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. Miyazaki returned to animation with Spirited Away. The film topped Titanic’s sales at the Japanese box office, also won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards and was the first anime film to win an American Academy Award.
Miyazaki’s films often incorporate recurrent themes like humanity’s relationship with nature and technology, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. Reflecting Miyazaki’s feminism, the protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women. While two of his films, The Castle of Cagliostro and Castle in the Sky, involve traditional villains, his other films like Nausicaä and Princess Mononoke present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities.
My Rendition of Laputa. List of equiptment used. Pencil, Papers, Dell mini 9. canon scanner. Software.Ulead Photo impact, Photoshop.