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Robot Carnival (1987)

Robotto kânibaru (original title)
A collection of short stories, made by different animators with "robot" as the working title.

Writers:

Hiroyuki Kitakubo (scenario), Hiroyuki Kitazume (scenario) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Moritsugu ... Toymaker (voice)
Yayoi Maki Yayoi Maki ... Android (voice)
Keiko Hanagata Keiko Hanagata ... Wife (voice)
Kumiko Takizawa Kumiko Takizawa ... Grown Daughter / Clock (voice)
Aya Murata Aya Murata ... Daughter (voice)
Nariko Fujieda Nariko Fujieda ... Granddaughter (voice)
Satoru Inagaki Satoru Inagaki ... Man (voice)
Hideyuki Umezu Hideyuki Umezu ... Man (voice)
Ikuya Sawaki Ikuya Sawaki ... Man (voice)
Hidehiro Kikuchi Hidehiro Kikuchi ... Kid (voice)
Daisuke Namikawa ... Kid (voice)
Tatsuhiko Nakamura Tatsuhiko Nakamura ... Kid (voice)
Kei Tomiyama Kei Tomiyama ... Sankichi (voice)
Chisa Yokoyama ... Yayoi (voice)
Katsue Miwa Katsue Miwa ... Fukusuke (voice)
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Storyline

This is a Fantasia-like anthology of robots. The most noble are Presence, Deprive, and Nightmare. Nightmare is the story of an evil, cybernetic overlord that rises one night and unleashes its robotic servants. Deprive is a science fiction tale of a young girl who has been abducted by an invading army of robots, and only a mysterious cyborg can help her. Presence is about a young toy-maker who makes a beautiful, female cyborg. When she becomes "a bit too real", he destroys her, only to be haunted by her spirit for the rest of his life. Written by Chuck "Dark-Side" Williamson

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Nine Animators. One Vision.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

21 July 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Robot Carnival See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,642, 17 March 1991

Gross USA:

$10,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,642
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Company Credits

Production Co:

A.P.P.P., Studio 4°C See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The segment "Nightmare" was influenced by the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment from Disney's "Fantasia" feature film & the "Sleepy Hollow" segment from Disney's "The Adventures of Icabod & Mr. Toad". The main villain towers over his minions as they dance below (in almost the same animated motion, as in "Fantasia"). At one point the villain scoops them up with his giant hand & drops them, in the same fashion. Also, the human in the scene looks a lot like Icabod Crane, with his huge hook nose & giant ears. There's even a part when the man turns his head completely around, just like Icabod does in his film. The chase between the robot & the man mimics the chase between Icabod & the Headless Horseman. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in the United States by Streamline Pictures has the following differences compared to the original Japanese release:
  • Dialog in the segments Presence and A Tale of Two Robots was dubbed into English (even the dialog of John Jack Walkerson III, which was already in English with Japanese side titles, was re-dubbed.)
  • The order in which the interior segments were shown was altered. In the Japanese version, the order was: 1. Franken's Gears 2. Deprive 3. Presence 4. Starlight Angel 5. Cloud 6. A Tale of Two Robots 7. Nightmare In the Streamline version, the order was: 1. Franken's Gears 2. Starlight Angel 3. Cloud 4. Deprive 5. Presence 6. A Tale of Two Robots 7. Nightmare
  • A short segment to signify the end of the film was moved from after the credits to just before the credits.
  • Part of the credits which showed a series of still shots of the Robot Carnival while it was in its glory years (but included Japanese titles) was replaced with a series of character sketches with English titles.
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An Outstanding anime anthology!
4 November 2004 | by TalesfromTheCryptfanSee all my reviews

This is a great Japanese animated collection of seven creative and imaginative stories done by many directors including Katsuhiro Otomo ( of "Akira" fame) which tells a creator trying to create a Frankenstein-like creation, a romantic tale in a disneyland-esque place, a robotic kid walking through clouds, a romance between a toymaker and his toy, a planet western with robots, a hilarious duo between bad guy and Japan in the 19th century and a nightmarish city runned by robotic creatures.

These stories are quite interesting and very well made works of arts, the music score is outstanding which is one of the best in anime music scores. This is definitely Japanimation's answer to "Fantasia", if only this would be released on DVD then that would be great! if you love anime, i strongly recommend this movie.

Also recommended: Akira, Ghost in The Shell, Metropolis ( Anime), Memories, Heavy Metal, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000, Roujin-Z, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Transformers: The Movie, Ninja Scroll, The Professional: Golgo 13, Vampire Hunter D, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Sin: The Movie, Spriggan The Movie, Slayers The Motion Picture, Creepshow, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Ghost in The Shell 2: Innocence, Kiki's Delivery Service, Fist of the North Star.

9/10.


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