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Robot Carnival (1987)

Robotto kânibaru (original title)
A collection of short stories, made by different animators with "robot" as the working title.

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Hiroyuki Kitakubo (scenario), Hiroyuki Kitazume (scenario) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Moritsugu ... Toymaker (voice)
Yayoi Maki Yayoi Maki ... Android (voice)
Keiko Hanagata Keiko Hanagata ... Wife (voice)
Kumiko Takizawa Kumiko Takizawa ... Grown Daughter / Clock (voice)
Aya Murata Aya Murata ... Daughter (voice)
Nariko Fujieda Nariko Fujieda ... Granddaughter (voice)
Satoru Inagaki Satoru Inagaki ... Man (voice)
Hideyuki Umezu Hideyuki Umezu ... Man (voice)
Ikuya Sawaki Ikuya Sawaki ... Man (voice)
Hidehiro Kikuchi Hidehiro Kikuchi ... Kid (voice)
Daisuke Namikawa ... Kid (voice)
Tatsuhiko Nakamura Tatsuhiko Nakamura ... Kid (voice)
Kei Tomiyama Kei Tomiyama ... Sankichi (voice)
Chisa Yokoyama ... Yayoi (voice)
Katsue Miwa Katsue Miwa ... Fukusuke (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

21 July 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Robot Carnival See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A.P.P.P.,Studio 4°C See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The segment "Nightmare" was influenced by the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment from Disney's "Fantasia" feature film & the "Sleepy Hollow" segment from Disney's "The Adventures of Icabod & Mr. Toad". The main villain towers over his minions as they dance below (in almost the same animated motion, as in "Fantasia"). At one point the villain scoops them up with his giant hand & drops them, in the same fashion. Also, the human in the scene looks a lot like Icabod Crane, with his huge hook nose & giant ears. There's even a part when the man turns his head completely around, just like Icabod does in his film. The chase between the robot & the man mimics the chase between Icabod & the Headless Horseman. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) See more »

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Truly great
27 July 2006 | by atariteenager31See all my reviews

Originally saw this back in the early nineties as a part of Sci-Fi's Saturday Anime. To this day, through all of the anime films/series I've seen, this still reigns as the greatest. No anime fan will be disappointed with this film, even those who aren't fans of the genre should enjoy this flick. It is sad that this film didn't get very much exposure in the States, as it easily could have been subject to awards. A great example of a film students interperetive dream; Trying to develop a correlation between all of the shorts (outside of their all contain robots), pulling some greater meaning from the movie. Yea, it's one of those types of movie, that appears to be on a higher philosophical level than just your average entertainment.


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