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Robot Carnival (1987)

Robotto kânibaru (original title)
An anthology of various tales told in various styles with robots being the one common element among them.

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Kôji Moritsugu ...
Toymaker (voice)
Yayoi Maki ...
Android (voice)
Keiko Hanagata ...
Wife (voice)
Kumiko Takizawa ...
Grown Daughter / Clock (voice)
Aya Murata ...
Daughter (voice)
Nariko Fujieda ...
Granddaughter (voice)
Satoru Inagaki ...
Man (voice)
Hideyuki Umezu ...
Man (voice)
Ikuya Sawaki ...
Man (voice)
Hidehiro Kikuchi ...
Kid (voice)
Daisuke Namikawa ...
Kid (voice)
Tatsuhiko Nakamura ...
Kid (voice)
Kei Tomiyama ...
Sankichi (voice)
Chisa Yokoyama ...
Yayoi (voice)
Katsue Miwa ...
Fukusuke (voice)
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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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good animation anthology
2 January 2000 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Like all anthology films, some of the segments are better than others, but there are enough good ones to make this film worthwhile for animation fans.

The framing sequence which opens and closes the film is nicely animated, certainly one of the most original ways I've seen for a film to present it's title. The great Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) contributed to this sequence, you can really see his touch. Two of the segments, "Starlight Angel" and "Deprive" are pretty typical sci-fi action anime, albeit nicely animated. A lot of anime fans complain about the "Cloud" segment, I find it kind of interesting, like a piece of animated art. My favorite segment in the film is probably a tie between "A Tale of Two Robots, Chapter 3: Foreign Invasion", which made me think a little of Wild Wild West (a lot better, of course), and "Nitemare".

I think having all but two of the film's 8 segments (I'm counting the opening and closing as one segment) dialog-free was an interesting choice, it allows the viewer to concentrate on the images, and precludes needless exposition. I really liked Aeon Flux a lot better before it became a regular series and added dialog. Of course, it also makes an English-dubbed version of the film more tolerable.

Some of the music for this film is by the great composer Joe Hisashi, the regular composer for both Hayao Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano. I think the opening and closing themes are by Hisashi, as well as the music for the "Presence" segment.

This is one of the first anime films I saw when I knew or cared it was anime, I think it's a really good introduction to the genre. Also a worthwhile film for anyone interested in animation in general.


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