Studio Ghibli Trivia 13

Hayao Miyazaki’s “Laputa” is a direct reference to the floating island of the same name from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Some suspect that Swift intentionally named the island “la puta” after the Spanish meaning “the whore". This is rather unfortunate as it is revealed to be part of Sheeta’s birth name: Lusheeta Toel Ul Laputa.

For this reason, in 2003, the film’s title was shortened from the Japanese title “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” to “Castle in the Sky” in several countries, including the United States (where Spanish is commonly spoken as a first language by around 10% of the population), Mexico, and Spain.

LAPUTA: Castle in the Sky