Saturday, November 26, 2016

Robot Carnival (1987)

Directed 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")
Yasuomi Umetsu ... (segment "Presence")
Manabu Ôhashi ... (segment "Clouds") (as Mao Lamdo)
Hidetoshi Ômori ... (segment "Deprive")
Katsuhiro Ôtomo ... (segments "Coming Soon", "See You Again") (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)

My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Diskotek)

Anime anthology of nine short films linked by the theme of "robots". The animation style and stories are varied, ranging from the horror-tinged opening "Franken's Gears", several more straight sci-fi robot invasions, the poetic "Cloud" featuring line-sketched drawing and "Chicken Man and Red Neck" which appears inspired by classic Disney animation such as Fantasia. I caught it on cable TV back in the 80s, and was thoroughly entertained all over again by the recent DVD release.

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