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Steamboy

Promotional poster for Steamboy
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
Produced by Shinji Komori
Hideyuki Tomioka
Written by Sadayuki Murai
Katsuhiro Otomo
Starring Anne Suzuki
Manami Konishi
Katsuo Nakamura
Masatane Tsukayama
Kiyoshi Kodama
(Japan)
Anna Paquin
Kari Wahlgren
Patrick Stewart
Alfred Molina
Oliver Cotton
(USA)
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography Mitsuhiro Sato
Editing by Takeshi Seyama
Distributed by Toho (Japan)
Sony Pictures Entertainment (International)
Release date(s) Flag of Japan July 17, 2004
Flag of the United States March 18, 2005
Running time 126 min
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Official website
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Steamboy (スチームボーイ Suchīmubōi?) is a 2004 Japanese animated film, produced by Sunrise, and directed and co-written by Katsuhiro Otomo, his second major anime release, following Akira. The film was released in Japan on July 17, 2004. With an initial production cost of $26,000,000, Steamboy is the most expensive full length Japanese animated movie made to date.[citation needed] Additionally, the film was in production for ten years and utilized more than 180,000 drawings and 440 CG cuts. [1] File links The following pages link to this file: Steamboy Categories: Fair use posters ... Katsuhiro Otomo Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 ÅŒtomo Katsuhiro) (born April 14, 1954 in Hasama, Miyagi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist and anime director. ... Anne Suzuki (鈴木杏 Suzuki An, born April 27, 1987) is a Japanese actress. ... Manami Konishi (小西真奈美 Konishi Manami, born October 27, 1978 in satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actress. ... Anna Helene Paquin (born July 24, 1982) is an Academy Award-winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated, Canadian-New Zealander actress. ... Kari K. Wahlgren (born in 1977 in Hoisington, Kansas) is an American voice actress who has provided English language voices for dozens of anime titles and video games. ... This article is about the actor. ... Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. ... Oliver Cotton (born 20 June 1944 in London, England) is an actor, best known for his television work. ... Steve Jablonsky is a music composer for film, television and video games. ... Takeshi Seyama is a Japanese film editor. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... Animé redirects here. ... Sunrise logo Founded in 1972, Sunrise Inc. ... Katsuhiro Otomo Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋 ÅŒtomo Katsuhiro) (born April 14, 1954 in Hasama, Miyagi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist and anime director. ... This article is about the 1988 animated film. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... USD redirects here. ...

Contents

Setting and genre

Early production sketch for Steamboy.

In keeping with the steampunk subgenre of science fiction, the movie employs alternate history: it is set in a 19th-century context, yet it features several geopolitical and industrial circumstances that developed differently or at a different pace, sometimes as a result of advanced technological paradigms that were accomplished via the science already present in the 19th century. Early Steamboy production sketch This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... Early Steamboy production sketch This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... For the comic book and the anthology, see Steampunk (comics) and Steampunk (anthology). ... A science fiction genre is a division (genre) of science fiction. ... Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... During the 19th century, the Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Ottoman empires began to crumble and the Holy Roman and Mughal empires ceased. ...


As evidenced by one of the early production sketches, Steamboy was envisioned as an amalgam between a Scientific Romance (à la Frank Reade and Tom Swift); a swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks cliffhanger (similar to The Rocketeer); and a Republic Pictures serial (similar to The Wild Wild West and Indiana Jones), in contrast to an earlier retro-futuristic dystopia anime, Osamu Tezuka's Fritz Lang-inspired Metropolis (2001). Scientific romance is an archaic name for what is now known as the Science Fiction genre. ... Frank Reade was the hero of a series of dime novels written primarily for boys. ... The first Tom Swift book. ... Douglas Fairbanks (May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, who became noted for his swashbuckling roles in silent movies such as The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922), The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and The Black Pirate (1926). ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ... The Rocketeer is a 1991 superhero adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures/Touchstone Pictures[1] and directed by Joe Johnston. ... Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment) is an independent film, television, and video distribution company that was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. ... DVD front cover for The Adventures of Captain Marvel, one of the most celebrated serials for both Republic Pictures and of the sound era in general. ... For the 1999 film, see Wild Wild West. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... The jet pack, an icon of the future, appearing on an August 1928 issue of Amazing Stories science-fiction magazine. ... This article is about the philosophical concept and literary form. ... Tezuka redirects here. ... Friedrich Christian Anton Fritz Lang (December 5, 1890 – August 2, 1976) was an Austrian-German-American film director, screenwriter and occasional film producer, one of the best known émigrés from Germanys school of Expressionism. ... Metropolis, also known as Osamu Tezukas Metropolis or Robotic Angel (in Germany) is a manga by Osamu Tezuka and an anime movie based on the manga. ... This article is about the year. ...


Characters

James Ray Steam (ジェームス・レイ・スチム Jēmusu Rei Suchimu?)
The main character, a 13 year old boy living in Manchester, is an inventor following the paths of his father and grandfather. He possesses a mechanical talent that was inherited from his family, and demonstrates this in at least two instances by building a steam-powered monowheel and a steam-propelled flying device. He has a youthful idealism and sincerely dislikes the employment of technology for harmful purposes. During the film his motivations are alternately swayed by the influences of his father and grandfather.
Scarlett O'Hara (スカーレット・オハラ・セントジョーンズ Sukāretto Ohara Sentojōnzu?)
Selfish, misguided, annoyingly spoiled yet whimsical and not completely heartless; she is the 14-year-old granddaughter of the chairman of the O'Hara Foundation. She matures as a result of her encounter with Ray. Her character is based upon the fictional character of the same name, from the classic novel Gone with the Wind.
Lloyd Steam (ロイド・スチム Roido Suchimu?)
Ray's idealistic grandfather. The original conceiver of the Steamball, which he succeeds in developing with his son Edward. Lloyd's pursuit of progress without much regards to safety and ignorance of Eddy's pleading directly leads to his son's disfigurement. A difference of opinions with his son Edward leads to friction between them. While Edward believes that science is an instrument of power, Lloyd simply wishes to use it to help people. They both develop distinctly different visions for their ultimate invention, the Steam Castle. It is later revealed that Lloyd intended the Steam Castle to be a sort of flying amusement park, but Eddy scoffed at such a premise, denouncing it as a "fairy tale vision." Edward instead built the Steam Castle as a flying military fortress.
Edward Steam (Eddy) (エドワード・スチム(エディ) Edowādo Suchimu (Edi)?)
  • Voiced by: Masane Tsukayama (Japanese), Alfred Molina (English)
Ray's father. The accident that occurred in the development of the Steamball left Edward in a state where he needed to have machinery replace some of his body, including his right arm and parts of his legs. It left him not only physically disfigured, but it severely twisted his morals as well, driving him to believe that science is an expression of mankind's ultimate power. Edward's father calls him Eddy. He uses the Foundation and the Exhibition as a springboard to launch his ultimate invention: a monstrous, flying war machine called the Steam Castle.
Robert Stephenson (ロバート・スチーブンスン Robāto Suchībunsun?)
Edward and James Lloyd Steam's friend and rival, a major player in the Industrial Revolution. He claims that he wishes to use the Steam Ball for the good of the British Empire, but exactly how he plans to do it is questionable. Possibly based upon the real-life Robert Stephenson.
David (デイビッド Deibiddo?)
Young, talented engineer and Robert Stephenson's loyal right hand. His kindness does not betray a thirsty ambition.
Archibald Simon (アーチボルド・サイモン Āchiborudo Saimon?)
  • Voiced by: Satoru Sato (Japanese), Rick Zieff (English)
The O'Hara Foundation's chairman's representative, he is overweight and wears glasses. Grossly obsessed with money, he continues to market his wares even when his life is in danger, with comical results.
Alfred Smith (アルフレッド・スミス Arufureddo Sumisu?)
The smarter of the two O'Hara thugs, Alfred works with Jason in trying to steal the Steamball. He outlives his oafish companion, and seems to hate Ray even more. He, along with Jason, performs much of Simon's dirty work. The two of them capture Ray and bring him to London, and later attempt to kill him. Alfred does so by trying to smash him with a construction crane, but Ray deftly avoids it, causing it to slam into Alfred instead.
Jason (ジェイソン Jeison?)
One of the men working in the O'Hara Foundation in the United States of America. Jason and Alfred were the ones that want to get the Steamball. However, Ray Steam is kidnapped. He represents the more brutish half of the two O'Hara thugs, and engages in a vicious aerial battle with Ray toward the end of the movie.
Ray's Mother (レイの母親 Rei no Hahaoya?)
Ray's mother who volunteers as a teacher for the neighbouring children (as seen at the beginning of the movie).
Emma (エマ Ema?)
Ray's cousin
Thomas (トーマス Tōmasu?)
  • Voiced by: Aiko Hibi (Japanese), Moira Quirk (English)
Ray's cousin and Emma's brother.

The Admiral Anne Suzuki (鈴木杏 Suzuki An, born April 27, 1987) is a Japanese actress. ... Anna Helene Paquin (born July 24, 1982) is an Academy Award-winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated, Canadian-New Zealander actress. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... A monowheel is a one-wheeled vehicle similar to a unicycle. ... Manami Konishi (小西真奈美 Konishi Manami, born October 27, 1978 in satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actress. ... Kari K. Wahlgren (born in 1977 in Hoisington, Kansas) is an American voice actress who has provided English language voices for dozens of anime titles and video games. ... For the film, see Gone with the Wind (film). ... This article is about the actor. ... Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. ... Oliver Cotton (born 20 June 1944 in London, England) is an actor, best known for his television work. ... A Watt steam engine, the steam engine that propelled the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the world. ... Statue of Robert Stephenson at Euston Station, London Robert Stephenson FRS (October 16, 1803–October 12, 1859) was an English civil engineer. ... Born in London, England, Robin Atkin Downes is an English actor who is best known for his work in voice acting. ... Rick Zieff is top voice-over coach in Los Angeles. ... Susumu Terajima ), born 12 November 1963, is a famous Japanese actor who, as of December 2006, has appeared in 75 films, 15 CMs (television commercials), and two PVs (promotional videos). ... Tetsu Inada , born July 1, 1972 in Hachioji, Tokyo) is a seiyū who works for Aoni Production. ... David Lee may refer to: David Lee (art critic), editor of Jackdaw magazine David Lee (basketball), an NBA basketball player for the New York Knicks David Lee (football player), a Singaporean football player David Lee (physicist), a Nobel Prize winning physicist David Lee (politician), a Republic of China politician David... Keiko Aizawa , 1963 November 22-) is a Japanese voice actress who is affiliated with the Gekidan Subaru production company. ... Thomson, in a scene with Jeff Goldblum from the 1989 The Tall Guy. ... Sanae Kobayashi ) (January 26, 1980 - ) is a female seiyū who was born in Shizuoka. ... Moira Shannon Quirk (born October 30, 1968 in Rutland, England) is an actress and voice actress who was the referee for the Nickelodeon game show Nickelodeon GUTS for four seasons. ...

Highly decorated and a Knight of the Order of the Garter, the Admiral is Robert Stephenson's main point of contact with the British Government. The Admiral is rather set in his ways, believing that men, not machines, fight wars. He displays a stereotypically British style of composure, calmly taking afternoon tea on the deck of his flagship while a battle rages nearby.

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Plot summary

Sometime in the mid-1800's, scientists Lloyd Steam and his son Edward have succeeded after a lengthy expedition in discovering a pure mineral water which they believe can be harnessed as an ultimate power source in steam engines (the main industrial catalyst of the time). When an experiment in Russian Alaska goes terribly wrong, resulting in Edward being engulfed in scalding steam, a strange ball-like apparatus is seen "born" from the destruction. Bering Strait, Alaskas West coast and Russias East coast // The first written accounts indicate that the first Europeans to reach Alaska came from Russia. ...


Back in England, Edward's own son, Ray Steam, is an avid young inventor who works at a textile mill in Manchester as a maintenance boy, often working on a personal steam-powered monowheel at home. While he usually lives alone with his mother, his friend Emma and her brother Thomas have recently been sent over to stay until their parents return from a business trip. Ray's life is suddenly disrupted by the arrival of a package from his grandfather, Lloyd; the metallic ball seen earlier, along with its schematics and a letter instructing him to guard it. Then, two members from a company called "The O'Hara Foundation" arrive and attempt to steal the ball, but Lloyd appears just in time to distract them, allowing Ray to escape with the package. With Emma's help, he manages to activate his monowheel as more agents, operating a large steam automotive, give chase, succeeding in thwarting it on a railroad track by putting it in the way of an incoming train. By coincidence, Robert Stephenson, who was the intended recipient of the Steam Ball, was on his way to Manchester to meet with the elder Dr. Steam, and happens to be on the train. However, as the train approaches the station, a zeppelin descends over their compartment and kidnaps Ray, taking the ball with them. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... A monowheel is a one-wheeled vehicle similar to a unicycle. ... The 1923 Stanley Steam Car A steam car is a car (automobile) powered by a steam engine. ... Great Western Railway No. ... Statue of Robert Stephenson at Euston Station, London Robert Stephenson FRS (October 16, 1803–October 12, 1859) was an English civil engineer. ... Zeppelins are types of rigid airships pioneered by German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century, based in part on an earlier design by aviation pioneer David Schwarz. ...


Arriving in London, sometime prior to the 1866 Great Exhibition, Ray meets during a small dining session Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled granddaughter of the Foundation's head chairman; Archibald Simon, an administrator of the company; and finally his father Edward, who has been partially mechanized for his severe injuries from the Alaskan experiment. He promptly takes Ray (and an insistent Scarlett) on a tour of the "Steam Castle"; an elaborate facility run by an army of engineers, and powered by several "Steam Balls", one of which was the one sent to Ray. He is enamored both by the castle, and his father's vision of using it to enlighten mankind. Ray is then quickly recruited to help complete the castle, and begins developing a love/hate friendship with Scarlett, who has become attracted to him. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Great Exhibition: Paxtons Crystal Palace enclosed full-grown trees in Hyde Park. ...


Ray later encounters Lloyd again, who has escaped from his cell in the castle and is attempting to sabotage it from within, knowing that Eddie's intentions for it were evil. Upon discovering an arsenal of war machines in its underbelly, Ray struggles with the moral dichotomy of being a scientist; of how to contribute to the world without giving into vanity, conveying his conflict towards his father, and the one brewing between Eddie and Lloyd. The two eventually reach the core section of the castle, and manage to pry away one of the steam balls before security surrounds them. Lloyd is shot and recaptured, while Ray makes another elaborate escape with the ball. The next morning, the exhibition is underway, and Ray has reunited with Robert Stephenson, giving him the ball and the knowledge he acquired in captivity. An assault on the castle is then met with a demonstration by the Foundation of its new steam-powered weapons, which turn the exhibition into a war zone. Ray becomes aware of his folly when Stephenson uses the ball to enhance his own company's battle tanks (which resemble the real-life Hornsby Chain Tractor of 1905), leading him to realize that he had no better intentions than the Foundation's. The company bearing the name of Richard Hornsby (1790-1864), the agricultural engineer, was founded when Richard opened a blacksmithy in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1815. ... For other uses, see 1905 (disambiguation). ...


Eddie, eager to show the world the castle, enters the observation/control room and orders the engineers to "launch" it, causing the structure to rise and shed its decorative outer shell, revealing a monstrous floating fortress, the steam generated by the structure's gigantic propulsion jets flooding the city and freezing everything in its path. Ray steals the ball again to create a makeshift rocket vehicle, and attempts to gain entry as the British military tries in vain to shoot the castle down. Scarlett has since become worried about Ray, and has found herself trapped in the castle whilst searching for him. She is in the control room with Eddie as Ray arrives, and Lloyd (having escaped again) confronts Eddie about his actions before shooting him with a stolen gun, and having his body disappear in a cloud of steam.


With the castle steered off course from the battle, the structure has become unstable and threatens to explode over the city. Eddie and Ray rush to redirect the castle over the Thames, defeating an O'Hara agent controlling a pair of gigantic construction claws in the process. At the last minute Eddie, whose metal body repelled the gunshot, appears alive and decides to lend a hand. Ray reinstalls the stolen steam ball, and makes his way to the control room to make a final escape with Scarlett on an emergency jet pack, while Eddie and Lloyd halt the machine over the Thames and leave as well. The castle eventually detonates in a spectacular explosion, sparing the city of most of the destruction.


The ending montage reveals Ray returning home, and later becoming a global superhero (aka the Rocketeer) using the jet pack gear from the castle; his grandfather Lloyd passing away; his father Eddie becoming a conglomerate/super villain; and Scarlett maturing and becoming a famous pilot.


Staff

  • Original creator, script and director: Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai
  • Chief animation supervisor: Tatsuya Tomaru
  • Effect animation supervisor: Takashi Hashimoto
  • Art director: Shinji Kimura
  • CGI director: Hiroaki Ando
  • Animation director: Shinji Takagi
  • Technical director: Shinichi Matsumi
  • Digital composite: Mitsuhiro Satō
  • Editing: Takeshi Seyama
  • Music: Steve Jablonsky
  • Sound director: Keichi Momose
  • Production: Sunrise

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. ... Steve Jablonsky is a music composer for film, television and video games. ... Sunrise logo Founded in 1972, Sunrise Inc. ...

Media

The Japanese release of Steamboy featured the voices of Anne Suzuki, Manami Konishi and Masane Tsukayama. The United States release, held in a limited number of U.S. theaters on March 18, 2005, and expanded to additional theaters on March 25, was released in two formats: a subtitled release featured in fewer cinemas, and an English dubbed version cut down by 15 minutes that featured the voices of Anna Paquin, Alfred Molina, and Patrick Stewart. For the article about the company named Seiyu, see Seiyu Group. ... Anne Suzuki (鈴木杏 Suzuki An, born April 27, 1987) is a Japanese actress. ... Manami Konishi (小西真奈美 Konishi Manami, born October 27, 1978 in satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actress. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 84th day of the year (85th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Subtitle. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... Anna Helene Paquin (born July 24, 1982) is an Academy Award-winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated, Canadian-New Zealander actress. ... Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. ... This article is about the actor. ...


Steamboy was distributed across Japan by Toho and English regions by Sony's Triumph Films subsidiary. The DVD was released in Japan on April 15, 2005, in Australia on June 22, 2005, the USA on July 26, 2005, and the UK on March 27, 2006. Both the edited English version and the original Japanese version were made available on DVD, with the longer version being sold as the Director's Cut. The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... Triumph Films (aka: Triumph Releasing Corporation) is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment geared towards low-budget and direct-to-video film production and distribution. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Editor has four major senses: a person who obtains or improves material for a publication; a film editor, a person responsible for the flow of a motion picture or television program from scene to scene a sound editor, a person responsible for the flow and choice of music, voice, and... A directors cut is a specially edited version of a film, and less often TV series, music video, commercials or video games, that is supposed to represent the directors own approved edit. ...


Video game

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References

  1. ^ Sony Pictures Official Website

Reception

Steamboy was the 2004 recipient of Best Animated Feature Film at the Catalonian International Film Festival.[1] This article is about the Spanish Autonomous Community. ...


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