From 'Spirited Away' to 'Arrietty,' counting down the Japanese studio's finest
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7. "Castle in the Sky" (1986, directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
The film's original title, "Laputa," refers to one of the flying cities that make up the rich fantasy infrastructure of Miyazaki's epic airborne adventure -- but the fact that it's stolen directly from Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" is an early indication of Ghibli's ongoing fascination with classic Western storytelling. Peopled as it is with sideshows ranging from robots to pirates, this fast-paced tale of two children charged with finding the aforementioned Laptua has something of the jovial energy of the novel to which it refers, but also boasts one of Miyazaki's most dizzying story worlds.