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16 March 2002 (Japan) See more »
Palme is a puppet created by a man for his sickly wife. After her death, Palme becomes paralyzed with... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Akiko Hiramatsu ... Palme
Megumi Toyoguchi ... Popo
Daisuke Sakaguchi ... Shatta
Yurika Hino ... Koram
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Roualt
Motomu Kiyokawa ... Fou
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rikako Aikawa ... Barron

Christine M. Auten ... Soma (Female) (voice: English version)

Chris Ayres ... Sawadust (voice: English version)

Jessica Boone ... Popo (voice: English version)

David Born ... Hota (voice: English version)
Luci Christian ... Darumaya (voice: English version)

Mike Coleman ... Roualt (voice: English version) (as Michael Coleman)
Tyler Galindo ... Hat (voice: English version)

Tiffany Grant ... Pu (voice: English version)

John Gremillion ... Soma (Male) (voice: English version)
Chris Hawley ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jay Hickman ... Jamji (voice: English version)
Mika Kanai ... Poo
Etsuko Kozakura ... Moo

Mike MacRae ... Crickle, Gandel (voice: English version)
Kelly Manison ... Woman Guerilla (voice: English version)

Andy McAvin ... Fou (voice: English version)
Nancy Novotny ... Juggler (voice: English version)
Chris Patton ... Shatta (voice: English version)

Monica Rial ... Mu (voice: English version)
Don Rush ... Scruffy (voice: English version) (as Nomed Kaerf)
Allison L. Sumrall ... Koram (voice: English version) (as Allison Sumrall)
John Swasey ... Gus, Zakuro (voice: English version)
Mike Vance ... Baku (voice: English version)
Kira Vincent-Davis ... Palme (voice: English version)
Mike Yantosca ... Pirate (voice: English version)
Mari Yokô ... Daruyama (voice: Japanese version)

Directed by
Takashi Nakamura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takashi Nakamura 

Produced by
Taro Maki .... producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
Original Music by
Takashi Harada 
Cinematography by
Takashi Azuhata  (as Takashi Atsuhata)
Film Editing by
Shûichi Kakesu 
Art Direction by
Mutsuo Koseki 
Mutsuo Ozeki 
Art Department
Kayoko Nishi .... color coordinator
Sound Department
Kunio Ando .... sound recordist
Masafumi Mima .... sound director
Animation Department
Toshiyuki Inoue .... character designer
Hirotsugu Kawasaki .... animator
Mamoru Sasaki .... animation director
Music Department
Eru Harada .... musician
Other crew
Josh Cole .... translator (English version)

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Also Known As:
"Parumu no ki" - Japan (original title)
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130 min
Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating)


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Hyper-real Anime, 7 August 2007
Author: PoochJD from England

I bought this DVD purely on the spur of the moment, having not heard anything about it. Having sat down to watch it, it's certainly an intriguing and surreal film, which is worth a viewing, if you fancy something out of the ordinary.

The story, is essentially a fantastical retelling of the Pinocchio fable. A boy robot is desperate to become human, but has to join a group of aliens, humans and other robots to rescue the soul of the robot boy's mother, whilst trying to outwit a second band of aliens who are prepared to do anything to stop him from his goal.

This is not your usual type of anime. In fact, it's almost pseudo-anime: the vast majority of artwork is undertaken by a Korean animation team, and is quite dissimilar to regular anime art. There are still characters with large, friendly eyes, but the backgrounds aren't as detailed as in some recent works like "Akira", "Ghost In The Shell" and "Perfect Blue". Having said that, the film is well animated, and the use of CGI is limited but credible, rather than overpowering.

But, with that all said and done, this is a movie that is aimed at people with a good attention span, and an audience willing to give the film the time it needs to breathe. The story is leisurely-paced for sure, but if you let it lead you down its path, you should grow to like it.

As you watch the film, you will notice many nods to other works and artists, including "Akira", Rin Taro, "Metropolis" (the anime), Osamu Tezuka and many, many more. Don't let this put you off, because whilst this could be seen as Nakamura being unoriginal, the combination of recognisable works actually helps the film, rather than hinders it.

The UK DVD release from ADV Films is superb, with both an English-dubbed and English-subtitled version, both in 2.00:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. Occasionally, the subtitles can go a little too fast, or get a tad confusing, but on the whole, it is a great effort. If you are willing to devote the time to this film, and don't come expecting lots of big action set-pieces, then you may be pleasurably surprised.

One word of caution though: although predominantly a film suitable for children, there are some scenes of bloody violence that may not be appropriate, or deemed a little too dark and mature in tone for them to cope with.

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