The Castle of Cagliostro is the first film Hayao Miyazaki directed, and, while not nearly as good as his later work, it is an enjoyable movie that is indicative of the talent he would soon display.
The animation, while not as beautiful as what Miyazaki would later create, is, nonetheless, both attractive and stylistically similar to that of his other films. Admirers of the director may take additional pleasure in noting how Miyazaki has incorporated various elements from The Castle of Cagliostro into several of his subsequent movies. Details of the castle itself are borrowed in Laputa. The face of the young heiress is borrowed in Nausicaä. The room in which the girl is kept is borrowed in Spirited Away, and so on.
The Castle of Cagliostro is a charming, light-hearted picaresque adventure. It is not a masterpiece, but it well worth seeing.
Review by Keith Allen
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