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?
One night, the legendary mustached plumber Mario is playing a video game when suddenly, the in-game character Princess Peach emerges from his TV set! Then, in the midst of the confusion, another invader from the game world follows: the evil Bowser, who quickly steals Peach away and returns from whence he came. After a series of events Mario and Luigi soon find their way to the Mushroom Kingdom for the adventure of a lifetime. With Hammer Bros and Piranha Plants around every corner, the duo must now find the Princess before Bowser takes her as his bride – and to do so they first must find three legendary items: the Mushroom of Strength, the Flower of Courage, and the Star of Invincibility.
Both these anime are suitable for the whole family but will of course touch children the most with characters they can relate to and fantasy worlds they won’t want to leave. If you liked Laptua then the Super Mario anime is worth checking out, also.
At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay with them forever. During that precious time, the three promised to one day travel to the tower in the skies on the wings of a white plane -- to finally see its brilliance and the surrounding land of Ezo -- but when Sayuri suddenly disappeared from their lives, the promise that once was made was broken. Though time continues to pass, will the three ever meet again some day?
Another top quality anime exploring the theme of dreams, of keeping the faith in them over years and of giving up on them. Despite the fact that Ghibli Studio's movies are considered more kid-friendly and Beyond The Clouds belongs to the "uneasy" kind of anime that you have to think about a lot and generally be in the right state of mind to understand, the latter (recommended) actually has much more optimistic plot structure and morale than the former (Laputa).
NB: Beyond The Clouds is also considered overextended by some fans. Quite tolerably so, but indeed if you are a fan of very dynamic anime, please skip this recommendation.