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Robot Carnival
(Robotto Kãnibaru)
Directed by Various
Studio Studio A.P.P.P.
Released 1987
Runtime 90 minutes

Robot Carnival is an Japanese anime film released in 1987. It is very akin to Disney's Fantasia in feeling and setup, in that it is a collection of nine shorts by several different directors, put together, and containing only music (albeit a few exceptions). The difference, as the title suggests, is that this feature focuses on robots, though seemingly the title takes "robots" to mean anything mechanical which moves. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture produced by Walt Disney. ...



Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The shorts come in a variety of styles. Only two shorts ("Presence" and "A Tale of Two Robots") contain dialogue.

Opening: Directed by Atsuko Fukushima and Katsuhiro Otomo. The opening takes place in a desert. A boy finds a small "coming soon" poster advertising the Robot Carnival, and becomes frightened and agitated. He warns the people in his village, most likely to escape, when a huge machine with many robots performing in niches on its exterior grinds its way right over the village. Once a magnificent traveling showcase, it is now a decayed, rusted, malfunctioning, engine of destruction. Katsuhiro Otomo Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 Ōtomo Katsuhiro) (born April 14, 1954 in Hasama, Miyagi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist and anime director. ... A showcase is a performance or exhibit highlighting the work of a performer or group of performers, a particular culture or ethnic group, or of a nationality. ...

Franken's Gears: Directed by Koji Morimoto. A crazy scientist tries to give life to his robot with lighting, just like Frankenstein. When it comes to life, the robot copies everything the scientist does. Overjoyed, the scientist dances with glee, trips, and falls. Seeing this, the robot dances, trips, and falls on the scientist, killing him. Koji Morimoto (森本晃司 Morimoto Kōji, born December 26th, 1959) is an animator and one of Japans premier anime directors. ... This article is about the 1818 novel. ...

Deprive: Directed by Hidetoshi Omori. This segment features a humanoid robot in the form of 8 Man and an invasion from space. 8 Man (8マン) or Eightman (エイトマン) is a fictional manga and anime superhero created in 1963 by writer Kazumasa Hirai and artist Jiro Kuwata. ...

Presence: Directed by Yasuomi Umetsu. This one (featuring dialouge) tells the story of a man who builds a robot in the form of a girl, and how he is drawn apart from his relations with his wife and other people. The setting seems to be British and of the early twentieth century, but also suggests another planet or a future which has tried to bring back a former social structure. While he ages, his robot doesn't. When the robot begins to show actual emotions, he smashes her and leaves intending never to return. Twenty years later, he has a vision of his robot blowing up in front of him, he goes back to his shed to see the smashed robot still there. Twenty years later, the robot appears to him and he walks away with her and vanishes in front of his wife.

Star Light Angel: Directed by Hiroyuki Kitazume. A shōjo story, featuring teenage girls at a robot themed amusement park who are friends. One of the girls finds that her lover is now going out with her friend. Running away in tears she finds her way to a virtual-reality ride. Pleasant at first, her grief and sorrow cause the ride to create a robotic version of how she saw her former lover -- a monster. The visual style of this segment was heavily influenced by the classic music video for A-Ha's "Take on Me".[citation needed] A character designer and animation director for a number of japanese animes. ... Shōjo or shoujo (少女 lit. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The correct title of this article is . ... Take on Me is a song by the Norwegian band a-ha. ...

Cloud: Directed by Mao Lamdo. The simple and simply drawn tale of a robot (reminiscent of Astro Boy), walking through the segment without rest -- who travels through the years as various events pass by until he is noticed by a passing angel, who makes him human. Astro Boy is the American title for the Japanese animated series Tetsuwan Atom , which roughly translates to Mighty Atom and literally to Iron-arm Atom) first broadcast on Japanese television from 1963 to 1966. ...

A Tale of Two Robots -- Chapter 3: Foreigner Invasion: Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. This is set in the nineteenth century and features two "giant robots" directed from within by a human crew. In the style of a movie serial of the sound era, a Westerner in his giant robot attempts to take over Japan, but is stopped by some kids operating a "machine made for the parade" -- a Japanese giant robot. Despite the name, there is no known prequel or sequel. The voice acting of this piece are a mix of English and Japanese with the Westerner speaking English and the Japanese speaking their language.

Nightmare (a.k.a. Chicken Man and Red Neck in Tokyo): Directed by Takashi Nakamura. The city of Tokyo is overrun by its machines, as they all come alive for a night of revelry, with only a single, drunken human (Chicken Man) awake to witness it. Takashi Nakamura (中村 隆 Nakamura Takashi, born in Yamanashi prefecture, 1955), is an accomplished Japanese animator and director. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

  • This segment was inspired by the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment of Fantasia.
  • This features the recent Japanese myth that machines can grow by connecting onto other machines, regardless of the purposes for which they were designed (as seen in Roujin Z).
  • The "Chicken Man" character is considered by some to be a caricature of famous anime director Rintaro.

Ending: Directed by Atsuko Fukushima and Katsuhiro Otomo. The Robot Carnival is stopped by a little hill in the desert. Unable to climb the sandy obstruction, the Carnival stalls at its base. As the sun sets over the traveling relic, flashback stills recall the grandeur of the Carnival at the peak of its existence -- an unparalleled engine of mirth that brought timeless joy to the various cities it visited. At sunrise, we see the platform chug forward with a sudden burst of power and crest over the dune in its way. The final push proved to be too much for the aged contraption, and it finally goes to pieces in the desert. The bulk of the film's credits are then shown concluding with an epilouge. This article refers to a musical composition. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture produced by Walt Disney. ... Roujin Z is an anime released in 1991 in Japan. ... Rintaro (りんたろう Rintarō) is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki Hayashi (林 政行, Hayashi Shigeyuki) (January 22, 1941 - ), a director of anime. ... Katsuhiro Otomo Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 Ōtomo Katsuhiro) (born April 14, 1954 in Hasama, Miyagi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist and anime director. ...

Epilouge: Centuries later a man discovers an orb among the remains and brings it back to his family. It is a music box featuring a miniature robot ballerina. As it dances, the children applaud. The ballerina finishes its dance with a leap into the air and explodes, blowing up the shack where the family lived, leaving 'THE END' in enormous letters lying it its place as the only survivor, the family's pet yak, struggles to rock to his feet. A musical box (or music box) is a 19th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder so as to strike the tuned teeth of a steel comb. ...


  • Most of the film's music (except for the "Cloud" segment) was composed by Joe Hisaishi, who is best-known for working frequently with Hayao Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano.
  • The script for the English-dubbed version of "A Tale of Two Robots" is significantly different from the original Japanese version and even adds a few jokes not present in the original version. In addition, a passing reference to Japan's 1854 opening to foreign trade is removed and the foreign antagonist's English dialogue is re-recorded with a slightly more cartoonish accent.
  • The English-dubbed version of the film released by Streamline Pictures shuffled the order of the segments and modified the "Ending" segment by removing the still images of the "Robot Carnival," placing the two animated segments next to each other, and placing all of the credits at the very end of the film. The reason for these changes is unknown.

Mamoru Fujisawa (藤澤 守 Fujisawa Mamoru), known professionally as Joe Hisaishi (久石 譲 Hisaishi Jō, born December 6, 1950) is a composer and director responsible for over 100 soundtracks and conventional albums dating back to 1981. ... Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao), born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, is a director of animation films and a co-founder of the animation studio, Studio Ghibli. ... Takeshi Kitano at Cannes, 2000 Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, b. ... 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ... This is a list of package films. ...

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