Laputa, Castle in the Sky

Laputa: Castle in the Sky, in a way, is Miyazaki's repudiation of his own love of flying--what's important is not that crystal at the heart of the castle (flight), but the tree with roots holding the whole thing together (groundedness).

Plus Mooska is one of the rare real villains in Miyazaki's feature films (and outside of his manga), a genuine sadist (he gloats at the death of thousands and threatens to shoot Sheeta's ears off) and he's dealt with appropriately--considering Miyazaki's a filmmaker, to whom eyes must be indispensable, that's as cruel a punishment as he probably can think of.

Great adventure film, one of the greatest.

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