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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 .... 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 .... 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
Mitsuru Ishihara .... animator (as Michiru Ishihara)
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?

Began production in 1995 and, because of financial problems, it was put on hiatus during 1998. Production companies Production I.G. and Sunrise got involved and brought the film back in production. A total of eight years was spent on making the film.See more »
Dr. Eddie Steam:Shoot me and you'll set science back fifty years. But you won't stop it!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Katsuhiro Otomo Cinema Anthology (2005) (V)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Steampunk fiction done the Japanese way, 1 February 2007

In the year 2004, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, writer and director of the enormously influential anime, "Akira" (1988), returned to film-making after almost 10 years since his last directorial effort ("Memorîzu" or "Memories"), with another epic story of action and science-fiction named "Suchîmubôi", literally "Steamboy". In this film, Ôtomo dives into the sci-fi sub-genre commonly known as "Steampunk", stories often set in the 19th century where highly advanced steam machines are the fantastic technology of the time creating alternative history and settings. The Steampunk sub-genre shares many similarities with cyberpunk fiction, so it's probably not a surprise that the maker of "Akira", one of the most celebrated works of cyberpunk fiction, would decide to make a story for this very similar sub-genre. Ôtomo's background and the similarities between the sub-genres force an inevitable comparison to "Akira", but while "Steamboy" is far from the masterpiece that "Akira" was, it's one of the best feature length animated films of the decade.

Set in Victorian Britain, "Steamboy" is the story of Ray Steam (Anne Suzuki), a young kid from Manchester who spends his free time working at a factory and inventing steam machines following the example of his father Dr. Edward Steam (Masane Tsukayama) and his grandfather Dr. Lloyd Steam (Katsuo Nakamura), both renowned inventors working in America. One day, he receives a box from his grandfather containing a small spheric steam machine, with explicit orders of not giving it to anyone except to famed inventor Robert Stephenson (Kiyoshi Kodama). Soon he receives the visit of agents from O'Hara, the company where his grandfather works, violently demanding the spheric machine. Ray's grandfather appears too, and helps Ray to escape with the sphere, making Ray to realize that the small machine contains a power beyond his imagination.

"Steamboy" is definitely a classic example of Steampunk fiction as it takes a historical setting and gives it a spin by adding the element of fantastic super science. Written by Katsuhiro Ôtomo and Sadayuki Murai, "Steamboy" uses the sub-genre's setting and elements to tell a story about science, its possibilities and specially its consequences if handled in a bad way. Ôtomo uses the characters of the Steam family to describe what he sees as the two possible uses of science, and makes a sharp (although heavy handed) criticism to our modern capitalist society. In this way, it shares some of "Akira"'s themes, but "Steamboy" offers a more optimist tone, as it's essentially a story about the birth of modern science (in an exaggerated fantasy way of course) where mankind is still on time to learn the enormous responsibility of using science. Overall it's a pretty straight forward story of action and adventure, but the use of this themes through the movie makes the story really captivating.

As expected, the animation of the film is flawless, with a great (and often unnoticeable) combination of both traditional 2-D and 3-D animation that bring the incredible Steampunk machines to life. The movie has an exiting look, mix of real Victorian designs and Ôtomo's very own sci-fi style, paying honest tribute to the pulp adventures and Victorian literature that form the basis of the Steampunk sub-genre. Director Katsuhiro Ôtomo's eye for visuals is still there, and the epic finale is one of the best staged scenes in an animated film of the last years. The movie moves at a fast pace, probably too fast for its own good, but the plot still unfolds nicely. It's certainly not a landmark like "Akira", but Katsuhiro Ôtomo has delivered another great animated story.

I've seen the original Japanese track, so sadly I can't comment on the English dubbing. In the original audio, Anne Suzuki makes an outstanding job as Ray, not only because the character is male (and she is female), but because the character is old enough to his voice be "manly". Suzuki makes Ray very convincing, as the young kid discovering the benefits (and dangers) of science. Masane Tsukayama plays Ray's father, giving a certain dignity and power to the character and avoiding most of the clichés this kind of character tend to have. On the same tone is Katsuo Nakamura, who in turn plays Ray's grandfather. Nakamura's eccentric character is effectively portrayed by the experienced actor, and is one of the highlights of the film. Finally, Manami Konishi plays Scarlett O'Hara, the young heir of the O'Hara company, making this spoiled little brat (obviously inspired by "Gone with the wind") annoying enough for the character without going too over the top.

Probably the film's biggest flaw is that simply is not "Akira", what I mean is that given that Katsuhiro Ôtomo's 1988 movie was such a landmark in anime, the expectations for "Steamboy" were probably impossible to live up to. However, this doesn't mean that "Steamboy" is a bad movie, simply that it can be disappointing if one is expecting another "Akira". "Steamboy" is a simple, but remarkable epic adventure with the only ambition of being entertaining. It's upbeat tone may look typical of anime at first sight, but despite this optimism, "Steamboy" offers the same dark subject that "Akira": Man must learn to use the science before it's too late. In this aspect it could be seen as a prequel (set several centuries before) to the world of "Akira", as the science in "Steamboy" seems to be getting advanced at a very fast pace. In the end, the only real flaw of the movie is that despite having a runtime of 2 hours, the film feels rushed, and leaves one wanting for more.

Director Katsuhiro Ôtomo spend almost 10 years conceiving and developing "Steamboy", and the effort certainly payed off. Sci-fi fans will find an excellent adventure in "Steamboy", specially if they are fans of the Steampunk sub-genre. With its excellent animation and captivating story, "Steamboy" is an excellent introduction to Katsuhiro Ôtomo's work. It's not going to change anime again, but Ôtomo's movie is still definitely one of the best. 8/10

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