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
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.
ROBOT CARNIVAL is a breath of fresh air from the bloated, overdone, exploitative sagas Anime is known for and presents us instead with a series of short films which have nothing to do with each other except that they all star robots. I especially like the intro with the mechanized carnival running over the village...heh heh heh. Very nice, well-animated and leaves a lasting impression on the veiwer. A must-have for anyone who likes Japanese animation or the very curious.
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