Castle in the Sky

Castle In the Sky
  • Friday August 09, 2024 4:00 PM

Masterpieces from Studio Ghibli Full Festival Schedule
Tickets are available online and at the admission desk.
Full Festival Pass

Castle in the Sky (1986) was the first official Studio Ghibli film; Miyazaki and Takahata created the studio based on their success with the film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). Perfect for the whole family, Castle is the ultimate boy’s adventure film. Pazu is an orphan boy who rescues Sheeta, an orphaned princess, from evil government agents. The two team up with a gang of air pirates and race against the agents to discover the true secrets of Laputa, a mysterious floating castle in the sky. Starring the voice talents of James Van Der Beek (Pazu), Anna Paquin (Sheeta), Mark Hamill (Muska), Cloris Leachman (Mama Dola), and Mandy Patinkin (Louie).
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125 minutes; PG

All film screenings will be held in the Modern's auditorium. Tickets are $10; $8 for Friend-level Modern members; $7 for Associate-level Modern members and above. Cinephiles who plan to enjoy the weekend’s entire selection of films will receive a discount for pre-purchasing all of their tickets at once. 

Welcome to the Modern’s film festival, Masterpieces from Studio Ghibli. This year we are excited to feature an all-Ghibli festival showcasing five films from the animation masters who founded the studio—Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata—along with two versions of the live-action staging of Spirited Away in Tokyo. A highlight of our program is The Boy and the Heron, this year’s winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

All films in the Masterpieces from Studio Ghibli Film Festival will be introduced by Dr. Marc Hairston, a research scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas. A professional space physicist, part-time anime scholar, and Fort Worth native, Hairston has hosted annual Japanese animation festivals at the Modern since 2012. He is one of the founding editors of Mechademia, the first academic journal focused on anime and manga studies and has written numerous scholarly articles about anime. With Dr. Pamela Gossin, also at UT Dallas, he has co-authored two books about anime and manga aimed at high-school-age readers, Cultural Guide to Anime and Manga (2023) and Exploring Anime and Manga (World of Art) (2024).