Robotto kânibaru (1987)

# 14711 IMDb

Robotto kânibaru (1987

(Robot Carnival)

taglineNine Animators. One Vision.

By Atsuko Fukushima (segments "Coming Soon", "See You Again"), Hiroyuki Kitakubo (segment "Tale of Two Robots, A"), Hiroyuki Kitazume (segment "Starlight Angel"), Kôji Morimoto (segment "Franken's Gear") (as Kouji Morimoto), Takashi Nakamura (segment "Nightmare")...

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi (1h 30min)

Japan Japan

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 1,496 votes on 17-Oct-18.


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.

Popular faces

Yasuomi Umetsu (director) Katsuhiro Ôtomo (director) Kôji Moritsugu Daisuke Namikawa Chisa Yokoyama Kaneto Shiozawa Bob Bergen Eddie Frierson


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Kôji Moritsugu (Toymaker (voice)), Yayoi Maki (Android (voice)), Keiko Hanagata (Wife (voice)), Kumiko Takizawa (Grown Daughter / Clock (voice)), Aya Murata (Daughter (voice)), Nariko Fujieda (Granddaughter (voice)), Satoru Inagaki (Man (voice)), Hideyuki Umezu (Man (voice)), Ikuya Sawaki (Man (voice)), Hidehiro Kikuchi (Kid (voice)), Daisuke Namikawa (Kid (voice)), Tatsuhiko Nakamura (Kid (voice)), Kei Tomiyama (Sankichi (voice)), Chisa Yokoyama (Yayoi (voice)), Katsue Miwa (Fukusuke (voice)), Kaneto Shiozawa (Denjiro (voice)), Toku Nishio (Daimaru (voice)), James R. Bowers (Volkeson (voice)), Bob Bergen (Kichi (voice)), Eddie Frierson (Toki (voice)), Barbara Goodson (Wife / Grown Daughter / Clock / Woman (voice)), Steve Kramer (Volkeson / Colleague / Man (voice)), Kerrigan Mahan (Denjiro / Villager (voice)), Michael McConnohie (Inventor (voice)), Lisa Michelson (Yaori / Android (voice))...


Hiroyuki Kitakubo (scenario) (segment "Meiji Karakuri Bunmei Kitan"), Hiroyuki Kitazume (scenario) (segment "Starlight Angel"), Kôji Morimoto (scenario) (segment "Furanken no Haguruma"), Takashi Nakamura (scenario) (segment "Niwatori Otoko to Akaa Kubi"), Yasuomi Umetsu (scenario) (segment "Presence"), Tom Wyner (dialogue: english version) (as Tom Wyner), Manabu Ôhashi (scenario) (segment "Cloud") (as Mao Lamdo), Hidetoshi Ômori (scenario) (segment "Deprive"), Katsuhiro Ôtomo (scenario) (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo) (opening and ending sequences)

Produced by

Jerry Beck (associate producer (english version)), L. Michael Haller (associate producer (english version) (as Michael Haller)), Carl Macek (producer (english version)), Kazufumi Nomura (executive producer)


IMDb Comment

Like all anthology films, some of the segments are better than others, but there are enough good ones to make this film worthwhile for animation fans.

The framing sequence which opens and closes the film is nicely animated, certainly one of the most original ways I've seen for a film to present it's title. The great Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) contributed to this sequence, you can really see his touch. Two of the segments, "Starlight Angel" and "Deprive" are pretty typical sci-fi action anime, albeit nicely animated. A lot of anime fans complain about the "Cloud" segment, I find it kind of interesting, like a piece of animated art. My favorite segment in the film is probably a tie between "A Tale of Two Robots, Chapter 3: Foreign Invasion", which made me think a little of Wild Wild West (a lot better, of course), and "Nitemare".

I think having all but two of the film's 8 segments (I'm counting the opening and closing as one segment) dialog-free was an interesting choice, it allows the viewer to concentrate on the images, and precludes needless exposition. I really liked Aeon Flux a lot better before it became a regular series and added dialog. Of course, it also makes an English-dubbed version of the film more tolerable.

Some of the music for this film is by the great composer Joe Hisashi, the regular composer for both Hayao Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano. I think the opening and closing themes are by Hisashi, as well as the music for the "Presence" segment.

This is one of the first anime films I saw when I knew or cared it was anime, I think it's a really good introduction to the genre. Also a worthwhile film for anyone interested in animation in general.


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).

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Other titles

Robotto kânibaru ((original title)) • Robot Carnival (Denmark; Spain; USA; World-wide (English title)) • Карнавал роботов (Soviet Union (Russian title))



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