I'm trying to find a cartoon I saw a few minutes of when I was young. It was on UK children's TV, probably between 1988 and 1992. I remember two kids, a boy and a girl, and there were some kind of ships floating in the sky. They managed to get on the ships and there were lots of robots on them, but they were all deactivated. The girl said something about her father making the robots.

Unfortunately that's about all I saw, but I've always wondered what it was. Any ideas?

  • "Ships floating in the sky" = sailing ships? – Valorum Jun 13 '15 at 18:37
  • @Richard No, I was thinking they were more like spaceships, though in the few minutes I saw there wasn't any indication they actually travelled through space. – Eborbob Jun 13 '15 at 18:41
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    Cylindrical? Fins? Also, can you describe the robots? How did they get onto the ships? What age were the boy and the girl? Was this Western or Japanese style animation? Do you remember their names? – Valorum Jun 13 '15 at 18:44
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    This description almost sounds like Laputa – calccrypto Jun 13 '15 at 19:19
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    @calccrypto - I was just thinking that. Do you want to do the honours? – Valorum Jun 13 '15 at 19:32

The description provided sounds a lot like Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), directed by Hayao Miyazaki

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There are the two protagonists, the Pazu and Lucita Toel Ur Laputa (Sheeta)

They are in a Japanese/Victorian/steampunk setting, where airships are used.

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They end up on the Castle in the Sky, where the civilization had collapsed, leaving their robots, most of which eventually broke down. There was a scene showing hundreds of robots just sliding out of their holding tubes to their destruction because they were had long since broken, but I cannot find the image.

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    Certainly possible. I'll see if I can watch it and see if it's the one. Thanks. – Eborbob Jun 13 '15 at 20:16
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    Just watched it, and it's a great film. Unfortunately despite sounding promising I'm 99% sure it wasn't what I remembered. The general plot could feasibly fit though, so might there have been another show / film based on the same story? – Eborbob Jun 18 '15 at 21:12

I found it, i was looking for it too. It is called: Skyland http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/Skyland Episode 1 http://www.toonova.com/skyland-episode-1 I hope that this is what you were looking for

  • I was so excited to see your post, but alas from that first link it sounds like it was first shown in 2005, where as I definitely saw this before 2000. I'll check out the episode though and confirm. – Eborbob Aug 3 '16 at 15:16
  • If it isn't, i hope you will find it someday – Jmax Aug 3 '16 at 16:09

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