Sky Castle

The second Studio Ghibli film is Castle in the Sky, also known as Laputa: Castle in the Sky in Europe and Australia, from 1986.

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

It follows the adventures of a young boy and girl in the late 19th century attempting to keep a magic crystal from a group of military agents, while searching for a legendary floating castle.

Another enjoyable story. This appears to make direct reference to the WW2 nuclear attacks. This time there is a bad guy without a clear backstory of objective. Some explaining was needed near the end, but he could have been dropped without reducing the jeopardy of the main characters.

The pirates were fun, especially as they change their relationship to the main protagonists.

The english voice cast includes:
James Van Der Beek
Anna Paquin
Cloris Leachman
Mark Hamill
Mandy Patinkin
Andy Dick