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Steamboy (2004) More at IMDbPro »Suchîmubôi (original title)

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Steamboy -- Katsuhiro Otomo's first feature-length directorial project since 1988's breakthrough film Akira. Anaction adventure state-of-the-art anime feature about a young, brave boy who must save London from destruction.
Steamboy -- In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.


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18 March 2005 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Anne Suzuki ... James Ray Steam (voice)
Masane Tsukayama ... Eddî Suchîmu-hakase (voice)
Katsuo Nakamura ... Dr. Lloyd Steam (voice)
Manami Konishi ... Scarlett O'Hara (voice)
Kiyoshi Kodama ... Robert Stephenson (voice)
Ikki Sawamura ... David (voice)
Susumu Terajima ... Freddie (voice)
Osamu Saka ... Army General (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keiko Aizawa ... Mrs. Steam (voice)
Rosalind Ayres ... (voice: English version)

Mark Bramhall ... Alfred Smith (voice: English version)

Oliver Cotton ... Robert Stephenson (voice: English version)

Robin Atkin Downes ... David (voice: English version)

William Hootkins ... (voice: English version)

Peter Lavin ... (voice: English version)

David S. Lee ... Jason (voice: English version)

Alfred Molina ... Dr. Eddie Steam (voice: English version)

Oliver Muirhead ... Admiral (voice: English version)

Paula J. Newman ... Emma (voice: English version)

Anna Paquin ... James Ray Steam (voice: English version)

Moira Quirk ... Cliff / Tommy (voice: English version)

Alan Shearman ... (voice: English version)

Patrick Stewart ... Dr. Lloyd Steam (voice: English version)

Julian Stone ... (voice: English version)

Kim Thomson ... Mrs. Steam (voice: English version)

Kari Wahlgren ... Scarlett O'Hara (voice: English version)
Rick Zieff ... Archibald Simon (voice: English version)

Directed by
Katsuhiro Ôtomo  (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sadayuki Murai 
Katsuhiro Ôtomo  (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)

Produced by
Shinji Komori .... producer
Hideyuki Tomioka .... producer
Shigeru Watanabe .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steve Jablonsky 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
Art Direction by
Shinji Kimura 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shinji Takagi .... assistant director
Art Department
Nicolas de Crécy .... concept artist
Mitsuo Iso .... concept art
Satoshi Iwataki .... concept art
Makoto Kobayashi .... concept art
Takayuki Masuo .... concept art
Kôji Morimoto .... concept art
Gorô Murata .... concept art
Kenji Teraoka .... concept art
Takashi Watanabe .... concept art
Noriyasu Yamauchi .... concept art
Sound Department
Julie Altus .... adr recordist
Alexander Beddow .... adr recordist
Tim Boggs .... dialog editor
Gary Coppola .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Eisner .... voice producer (as Jeff Eisner)
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Mark Harris .... digital sound mix technician
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
J. Stanley Johnston .... sound re-recording mixer
John Langford .... sound recordist
Frédéric Le Louet .... sound recordist
Duke Lim .... post sound facilities
Craig Mann .... sound re-recordist
Keiichi Momose .... sound director
James Moriana .... foley artist
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa Hofmann)
Danial Shimiaei .... Sound Re-Recording Stage engineer
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Drew Webster .... sound recordist
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Animation Department
Kunihiro Abe .... animator
Eiji Abiko .... animator (as Eiji Yasuhiko)
Yasuhiro Aoki .... animator
Atsushi Aono .... animator
Hiroyuki Aoyama .... animator
Koichi Arai .... animator
Hideki Araki .... animator
Tsutomu Awata .... animation director
Tsutomu Awata .... animator
Hisashi Eguchi .... animation director
Hisashi Eguchi .... animator
Masaaki Endo .... animator
Masaaki Endo .... assistant animation director
Takayuki Gorai .... animator
Kôichi Hashimoto .... animator
Takashi Hashimoto .... animator
Takashi Hashimoto .... effects animation director
Kôichi Hatsumi .... animator
Motonobu Hori .... animator
Hiroyuki Horiuchi .... animator
Hiroyuki Horiuchi .... assistant animation director
Takashi Hyôdô .... animator
Katsuki Ikeda .... animator
Tatsumori Imoto .... animator
Toshiyuki Inoue .... animator
Atsushi Irie .... animation director
Atsushi Irie .... animator
Keiji Ishihara .... animator
Michiru Ishihara .... animator
Kensuke Ishikawa .... animator
Toshio Ishizaki .... key animator (as Sushio)
Hidetsugu Ito .... animator
Nobutaka Ito .... animator
Masahiko Itojima .... animator
Yukihiro Iwata .... animator
Hideki Kakita .... animator
Hiroshi Kamogawa .... animator
Jirô Kanai .... assistant animation director
Shuichi Kaneko .... animator
Shuichi Kaneko .... assistant animation director
Kunio Katsuki .... animator
Hirotsugu Kawasaki .... animator
Eiji Komatsu .... animator
Masahiko Kubo .... animator
Issei Kume .... animator (as Kazunari Kume)
Ikuo Kuwana .... animator
Takao Maki .... animator
Hirofumi Masuda .... animator
Hidenori Matsubara .... animator
Katsumi Matsuda .... animation director
Katsumi Matsuda .... animator
Sôichirô Matsuda .... animator
Tadashi Matsuzaki .... animator
Yûji Mukoyama .... animator
Yasushi Muraki .... animator
Yasushi Muraki .... assistant animation director
Mitsunori Murata .... chief inbetween checker
Nobuaki Nagano .... animator
Morifumi Naka .... animator
Chûji Nakajima .... animator
Satoru Nakamura .... animator
Manabu Nakatake .... animator
Terumi Nakauchi .... color designer
Kazuto Nakazawa .... animator
Tetsuya Nishio .... animator
Takehiro Noda .... animator
Tsunenaka Nozaki .... animator
Mitsuru Obunai .... animator
Jun Okuda .... animator
Jun Okuda .... assistant animation director
Naoyuki Onda .... animator
Hisashi Saitô .... animator
Yukie Sako .... animator
Yoko Sato .... animator
Hironori Sawada .... animator
Masahiro Sekino .... animator
Yasuhiro Seo .... animator
Yuji Shigekuni .... animator
Masahiro Shimanuki .... animator
Yasuyuki Shimizu .... animation director
Yasuyuki Shimizu .... animator
Ryûji Shiromae .... animator
Kazuhiro Soeta .... animator
Yuuko Sotake .... animator
Sean Springer .... animator
Yasumitsu Suetake .... layout artist
Shigeki Sunada .... animator
Tsutomu Suzuki .... animator
Shinobu Tagashira .... animator
Satoshi Takabatake .... layout artist
Akira Takada .... animator
Shin'ya Takahashi .... animator
Tomohiro Takayama .... animator
Teiichi Takiguchi .... animator
Takahiro Tanaka .... animator
Tatsuya Tomaru .... animation supervisor
Tatsuya Tomaru .... animator
Shigeto Tsuji .... animator
Katsutoshi Tsunoda .... animator
Hitomi Tsuruta .... animator
Takashi Uchida .... animator
Hitoshi Ueda .... animator
Toshiya Washida .... animator
Kôji Watanabe .... animator
Kazuyoshi Yaginuma .... animator
Makoto Yamada .... animator
Masaki Yamada .... animator
Sawako Yamamoto .... animator
Takaaki Yamashita .... animator
Tôru Yoshida .... animator
Kou Yoshinari .... animator
Takeshi Yoshioka .... animator
Yasushi Ôhara .... animator
Atsuko Ôtani .... animator
Editorial Department
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer
Music Department
Jeffrey Biggers .... score mixing assistant
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Elizabeth Finch .... orchestrator
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator (as Bruce L. Fowler)
Walt Fowler .... orchestrator (as Walter Fowler)
Kevin Globerman .... digital score recordist
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Ladd McIntosh .... orchestrator
Alan Meyerson .... music producer
Alan Meyerson .... score mixing engineer
Alan Meyerson .... score recordist
Keiichi Momose .... music producer (as Kei Momose)
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... orchestrator (as Suzette Moriarty)
Blake Neely .... conductor
John Rodd .... score recordist
Pieter A. Schlosser .... assistant to composer
Pieter A. Schlosser .... music editor: temp score
Tom Steel .... scoring crew
Bill Talbott .... scoring technician
Tom Trafalski .... music editor
Other crew
Jeffrey Eisner .... voice producer
Marc Handler .... writer: English version
Shin'ichi Matsumi .... technical director
Rick Zieff .... voice director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Suchîmubôi" - Japan (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for action violence
126 min | Italy:103 min (theatrical version) | Argentina:127 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

In both the Japanese and English (dubbed) versions, Ray's voice is provided by a young woman, which is common practice in casting roles for boys ages 15 and under.See more »
Jason:You! Brat!
James Ray Steam:You could hurt someone like that, and my name is not brat!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Stay Alive (2006)See more »


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45 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
The BEST anime movie released in North America in years!, 20 September 2004
Author: Jordan Rae from Canada

Steamboy is the best Anime movie that has been released in North America in recent years. The story, animation, and other visual effects are all amazingly done, even though the characters are not as deep as those in Otomo's previous work, Akira. These two films have nothing in common aside from the director, and maybe a similar character animation style. So people who loved Akira and want to see something similar, stay away from Steamboy.

When I first saw Steamboy I was quite surprised. I had foolishly believed that since the movie was created by the same guy who did Akira, it would be

violent and somewhat depressing. But what I saw was a fast paced, beautifully animated, adventure that even a young child could enjoy. The film does have a bit of violence in it, but mainly its just explosions and a few steam burns, so fairly young children will be able to see it. The movie does deal with some serious topics like war and the possible destruction of London, but with all the action and crazy inventions kids will easily forget the plot. But even though this movie is suitable for younger audiences, doesn't mean it cannot be enjoyed by older and more seasoned anime fans. I saw the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and there were plenty of older fans of anime clapping loudly after the credits of the film.

The story is quite simple and centers around the adventures of a young inventor named Rei Steam. At the beginning of the film he is sent a new invention from his grandfather, and soon after he receives it he's being chased by members of the Ohara Foundation, a group that designs weapons and sells them to the highest bidding country. He later finds out that the invention he's carrying is called the steam ball, and that it's able to produce mass amounts of energy and would be able to power highly destructive weapons if put in the wrong hands. So its up to Rei and his highly eccentric grandfather to make sure neither the Ohara Foundation or the British Government get hold of the steam ball. (I purposely left out some key plot elements and some key character, but this was done so none of the surprises will be revealed)

Steamboy is a remarkable movie created by anime master Katsuhiro Ôtomo, filled with a brilliant mix of 3D animation and hand drawn characters. Hopefully, since this movie is more family friendly that normal anime movies, it will help introduce more North Americans to the joy that is Anime.

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