The Castle of Cagliostro

“Don’t forget, fair damsel, you’ve got to have faith in the thief."

Hayao Miyazaki began his career with television and it was the show “Lupin III” that gave him the chance to direct both for the small screen as well as for the big screen with the second story about Lupin the Third in 1979. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we begin our short Hayao Miyazaki series with his first theatrical feature film, Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro. We talk about the history of the character of Lupin III in Monkey Punch’s original manga series, in the TV series and its films, as well as in the Arsène Lupin character he’s loosely based on (and related to) created by Maurice Leblanc. We discuss the elements within the film and what feels like Miyazaki touches, even at this early stage in his career. We compare the interesting world of manga and anime as compared to Disney films in particular. And we chat about the casts: the original Japanese, the 1992 English dub version and the 2000 dub. It’s a fun film, maybe not one of our favorites, but still something that’s got action, comedy and entertainment for the family. Check it out then tune in!

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Pete’s Trailer: Christmas Eve — “Well, it’s Patrick Stewart at Christmas time. That’s an annual right if there ever was one. Apart from that, I don’t know what to make of this movie. Funny, sort of a thriller, and a dose of drama? Maybe it knows what it wants to be… unfortunately, maybe not."