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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the soundtrack liner notes, the "Starlight Angel" short was inspired by the Steve Barron-directed music video A-Ha: Take on Me (1985). See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in the United States by Streamline Pictures has the following differences compared to the original Japanese release:
  • Dialog in the segments Presence and A Tale of Two Robots was dubbed into English (even the dialog of John Jack Walkerson III, which was already in English with Japanese side titles, was re-dubbed.)
  • The order in which the interior segments were shown was altered. In the Japanese version, the order was: 1. Franken's Gears 2. Deprive 3. Presence 4. Starlight Angel 5. Cloud 6. A Tale of Two Robots 7. Nightmare In the Streamline version, the order was: 1. Franken's Gears 2. Starlight Angel 3. Cloud 4. Deprive 5. Presence 6. A Tale of Two Robots 7. Nightmare
  • A short segment to signify the end of the film was moved from after the credits to just before the credits.
  • Part of the credits which showed a series of still shots of the Robot Carnival while it was in its glory years (but included Japanese titles) was replaced with a series of character sketches with English titles.
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I rented this movie by accident a decade ago but one short is UNFORGETTABLE
4 July 2007 | by Michael KenmoreSee all my reviews

I wasn't a die-hard anime fan back then as an 18-year old young man, but I happened upon this movie on VHS at an independent video shop after moving from another state. It was placed semi-obscurely at the bottom rack of the animation section but the strange cover artwork case of the VHS edition made an impression on me.

So I rented the videocassette to pop it into the VCR. I was mildly impressed with all of the 'weird' shorts except one short that is so lyrical and surreal it moved me like no anime ever did (except for Spirited Away years later which I admit to having seen 7 times in theatres). That short is called, if I remember correctly, "Cloud".

Independent video shop have since 'closed' (sold its business to a competitor) a few years later and I never had a chance to see the movie again since it's out of print.

Cloud segment is one of the most haunting films (short or feature-length) I've ever seen. Even though I remember *nothing* about the movie, I still recall the Cloud segment.

It's an unforgettable experience witnessing the aesthetically mind-bending short sitting in the darkened living room in the basement on the sunny afternoon day.

The black & white animation...background...strange but haunting ending. I barely remember what the story is about (must be silent) but I understood what it *is* about -- loneliness and requiem for love.

I think it must be seen on the large screen to experience the full effect of emotional tranquility. One of the best examples of surrealist & moving cinema on the meditation of loneliness and love as conveyed by sublime emotional transcendence, animated or not, and one that stamps indelibly in the memory base of the human brain when the viewer is still youthful as a child or adolescent.

Cloud short is an incredibly transcendent work of art in cinema that make for an utterly unforgettable visual experience. One that have the honor of magnificent art among the grandest 2-D dimension paintings of the 17th century Naples and Golden Age of Dutch Art in conveying profound emotions through the magic of artistic motion picture in silence.


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