Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
Although the worlds of heaven and earth used to exist as one, they are now seperated by the boundaries of time and space. As the towers of heaven begin to fall, Munto, the magical king, descends to earth in a seemingly futile attempt to find the chosen one who can stop the worlds from being destroyed.
Munto has a fairly similar concept to Laputa, and is also set in a rich fantasy world. If you liked the fantasy elements of Laputa, try out Munto as well!
Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...
Its from the same author, and the art style is different. Its not the same type of movie at all, there is mild violence along side a plot between a good and evil. Because of this, there is no certainty that a fan of Totoro, would also like this film.
Both movies have excellent plots and characters, also they both have heart warming story lines.
The one thing to note is that Totoro is a little more child friendly, while Laputa has more serious themes.
That put aside, if you enjoyed one, you'll definitely enjoy the other.
As London prepares for the first World Expo, the young Ray Steam receives a package containing the Steam Ball, a small and incredibly powerful engine containing hyper-pressurized steam. Developed by Ray’s father and grandfather in America under the supervision of (and funded by) the O’Hara Foundation, the Steam Ball could prove to be an asset to civilization or a great danger. But after Ray finds out that the Steam Ball must not fall into the O’Hara Foundation’s hands, he sets forth on a mission to keep the item safe and away from those who would use it to fuel a brutal war...
Both movies share some very close plot points, situations and characters. In many ways, Steamboy is almost a remake of (or at least an homage to) Castle in the Sky. The villain in Steamboy is almost the twin brother of one of the villains in Castle in the Sky. Both movies start with a boy who helps in a steam-powered factory, both movies involve mining, both films have the boy being forced to leave his home during an attack by villains, both films have a floating castle as a major plot point. Flight is a major factor in both films.
Fans of steampunk will like both films as they both have steampunk elements.
Both have a fantastic steampunk style and captivating plots based around one person's battle against a foe thirsting for knowledge & power.
Grunwald, an evil demon, is threatening the fantasy world of old, and only young Horus has the power to destroy him. Armed with the legendary Sword of the Sun (that he plucked from the shoulder of a rock monster, no less), Horus must make new friends (including the beautiful siren Hilda and a whole town full of villagers) and overcome treachery and hardships to defeat the evil Grunwald and restore peace to mankind!
Sakura Kinomoto never imagined that by opening a book in her father's library, she'd be responsible for releasing wild magic into the world, yet that's exactly what she did. Too powerful to be let loose on the world, the magical Clow cards were sealed away long ago by their creator, Clow Reed. But all is not lost, for the guardian beast, Keroberos, was sealed along with the cards! Can Sakura, with the help of Keroberos, retrieve the cards before they wreak havoc on the town?
Try CCS if it's the 'innocent' but intelligent approach you liked about Laputa. Both are uplifting series, brightly animated, with fundamental lessons to tell, but their exciting pace and action-packed events give each a mature tone. Just like Laputa, CCS will appeal to the child in you without being patronising and will leave you feeling optimistic about the world.