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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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  (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
Kôdai Iwata .... animator (as Yukihiro Iwata)
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
Kazunari Kume .... animator
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 Schlosser .... assistant to composer (as Pieter A. Schlosser)
Pieter Schlosser .... music editor: temp score (as Pieter A. Schlosser)
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:
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Did You Know?

When Ray is walking through the city of Manchester at the beginning of the movie, for a few seconds Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels can be seen talking together on the street (Marx is the smaller one with white hair and beard; Engels is the taller one with the mustache). Both men were living in Britain at the time the film takes place.See more »
[repeated line]
Scarlett O'Hara:Simon!
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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A mostly wonderful animated film that pushes the bounds of what can be done on film, 29 May 2005
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

This is a review of the English subtitled version of the film and not the English dubbed version A boys own adventure as our young hero fights to keep a steam ball out of the hands of evil corporate profiteers. Set in and around London in the late 1880's this is quite simply one of the most amazing animated films ever made. Odds are you have never seen anything like it on this scale.

As Otomo Katsuhiro pushed the field of animation with his Akira some twenty years ago, he does it again with Steamboy his long in production masterpiece. This is a film so rich and detailed you simply can not truly believe that anyone would have taken the time to do the animation. This is a film to shame most animators working in the field who keep things simple. Nothing is simple here as we get grand battle scenes in London, chases through the English country side, and huge clockwork machines that are mind boggling in their visual complexity. It has to be seen to believed.

The characters here all arc. No one is as they seem at first or second except perhaps for our hero, Roy, who tries desperately to do the right thing with the scientific marvels his father and grandfather have given him but instead finds no one is wholly good nor evil. There is a complexity to everyone that is uncommon for most animation, both Japanese and American.Its refreshing to see that we are given real people to root for and to hiss. What happens to them may move you to tears, it did me.

The film is constructed in essentially two half's. The first is a rollicking adventure as Roy is thrust int the fight against the aforementioned evil corporation, which, like the characters is not as clearly evil as first seems. It his here that there are several set pieces that are some of the finest things I've ever seen on film, in particular the initial chase by the bad guys to get the steam ball. It starts in Roys home, which is trashed and then continues on steam powered vehicles across the countryside before ending up intersecting with a speeding train. Spielberg could learn a great deal for the next Indiana Jones movie. This first half is near perfect in execution.

The second half of the film is a giant set piece that begins as a small scale fight during the London Exhibition and quickly expands into a full scale war in London. Its is here that the film falters, not because its bad, rather because its not fully clear whats happening. Its as if Otomo set in motion this huge machine and didn't know how to control it. I knew over all what was going on in the big picture but I was lost as to the details. This is a damaging flaw to the film that destroys many people ability to enjoy the film. If you can let yourself go and let the film wash over you then you will be more likely to truly appreciate this film for what it is- grand story telling on a huge scale.

I can't recommend this film enough. Certainly one of the best animated films ever made, I'm sure it will be near the top of my best films of the year.

Lastly Stay through the credits. If its not readily apparent the pictures under the credits take the story well past the ending of the film and show you quite clearly what happens to everyone we've come to know. One can only hope that we will one day be treated with the story those pictures tell.

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