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Friday, July 18th, 2003

Castle In The Sky

Watched Miyazaki’s Castle In The Sky tonight – man, what a terrific movie. Just a wonderfully imagined and realized fantasy adventure. The animation was a little less detailed and vibrant than Miyazaki’s more recent films, but come on – this one is over 15 years old, and still holds up beautifully. I still have Kiki’s Delivery Service to watch. Those DVDs have been sitting on the shelf for months now gathering dust – I guess I was just saving them for the right Friday night.

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By : Frank Yang at 11:20 pm
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  1. Karen says:

    have you ever seen Grave of the Fireflies? it’s not a Miyazaki film but was also from Studio Ghibli. it was screened as a double feature with My Neighbor Totoro when it first came out. anyway i showed the former to my fourth grade class, and they were deeply affected by it. such an amazing film that inspired a great discussion among my 10 year-olds. but since it was the last week of school i decided we couldn’t end the year on that dour note. i showed them Kiki’s Delivery Service a couple of days later, and they loved it. this type of animation, i think, challenged their imaginations a bit more than what they’re used to. so check out Grave if you haven’t yet.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i had a hard time watching castle in the sky, mainly becasue nothing hurts my soul more than (celebrity) overdubs (which on cartoons seem to be unecessarily screechy) and for some reason which i cant remember now we couldn’t get the subtitles on the dvd.

    did you try watching the whole movie in story board form?

    Kiki’s is much better.

  3. Frank says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the overdubs. I started out watching in English, cause the sound was in 5.1, and I didn’t find it too objectionable. that changed as soon as Pazu showed up – I don’t know what scenario I find more unsettling, that that was James Van Der Beek trying to sound like a 12-year old, or maybe that really was a prepubescent James Van Der Beek? Either way, it was too awful to contemplate and I went straight to the Japanese with English subtitles. I switched back occasionally to see how the translation compared, and the English version added a lot more superfluous, jokey dialogue. I prefered the simpler subtitles and just went with that.