Dola Dola

VOICE OF Dola


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JTurner
said at 10:03 PM on Sat Jun 18 2016
Aside from Muska, the other show stealer in Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky" is Dola, the rough-and-ready, vigorously charismatic mother / captain of the rambunctious sky pirates who initially pursue our heroes until they switch sides. Dola is arguably the most interesting character in the movie. She's unabashedly bossy, greedy, and bullying, but she also has a soft sideā€¦ although she often hides it. It's interesting to note that she doesn't necessarily abandon her plundering ways, despite showing a change of heart toward the young protagonists. But the complexity of her character and duality to be villain and hero makes her fascinating.

Cloris Leachman could not have been a better choice to play this character; this is a role that she was clearly born to play. She embodies the character's spirit impeccably and brings unbridled vigorousness to the part. Like Mark Hamill, she easily steals every scene she's in and is one of the best voices in any Disney-Ghibli dub. It's too bad that Leachman's talents were wasted as a negligible minor character years later in "Ponyo". Dola remains one of her finest roles ever.
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