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YMMV: Castle in the Sky
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the General really having an Even Evil Has Standards moment when he tries to kill Muska after seeing him test fire Laputa's superlaser? Or did he just decide that Muska had outlived his usefulness?
    • He was probably just pissed because Muska was being a Smug Snake and tried to shoot the hologram.
  • Broken Base: This is not the only Disney-Ghibli dub to receive such an atmosphere (Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro also qualify), but it seems as though viewers can't really seem to unanimously agree if the Disney dub is an entertaining experience in its own right, better than the Japanese in many ways, or even a watered down travesty of a great film. Purists strongly claim it is the latter (often stating that the Japanese version is the ONLY way you should watch the film, to a lesser extent the JAL English dub), but there are still many fans of the Disney dub.
    • In an even more ironic case, when the now extinct Streamline dub was released, it too received a similar split reaction. But when Disney's dub was released, the atmosphere quickly changed for some into a They Changed It, Now It Sucks attitude. All the more ironic because Carl Macek thought the original '80s dub didn't turn out so well.
  • Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack, in both the original Japanese version and the longer, more extensive rescore for the Disney dub (Can also count as Woolseyism). Both composed by Joe Hisaishi. Special mention goes to the main theme.
  • Complete Monster: Colonel Muska is one of the few antagonists from a Hayao Miyazaki film who is purely evil. Muska was a ruthless government secret agent who tried to take the flying city by force. Along the way, he committed many heinous crimes such as kidnapping Sheeta and Pazu, and also threatening to kill Pazu if Sheeta didn't give him the amulet. When he finally conquers Laputa, however, he became mad with power and proceeded to toss his own henchmen from the floating city, all while laughing about it. He also threatened to shoot Sheeta's ears off after she tried to convince him that the people left Laputa because it was inhabitable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Dr. Robotinik? Is that you?
  • Magnificent Bastard: Colonel Muska, at least before it's revealed how completely insane he is.
  • Memetic Mutation: Nico Nico Douga goers often use Muska walking around blinded, screaming "My eyes!" in their Stupid Statement Dance Mixes.
    • In fan art, Muska is seen to be able to do literally- freaking -anything.
    • Fountain of Memes: Muska is regarded as one of the most quotable anime villains - in Japan, at least. His line "Look! The people are like garbage!" (said while watching soldiers fall to their deaths) is a fan favorite.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Muska causing the General and his men to fall to their deaths, followed by his straight up Evil Laugh as he tells them to "enjoy the ride."
  • Squick: Although the clumsy overtures of the Sky Pirates towards Sheeta once she dresses like a pirate are Actually Pretty Funny, it doesn't quite distract from the fact that we have a group of men, the oldest looking like they're well in their thirties, trying to court a girl that hasn't hit puberty yet.
    • Granted, Sheeta is the only woman they've met apart from their mom, so it could be justified.
    • Also, an important note: This relationship was apparently only true in the Disney Dub - In the original version, the pirates treated her more like a mother figure (though that doesn't stop one of them from bringing her flowers).
  • Toy Ship: Obviously Pazu and Sheeta; there are lots of moments where we see them holding hands and/or hugging each other.
    • They roll around in the grass together, tied together by a rope, arm around waist, for quite a while upon arriving in Laputa.

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