Robot Carnival

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Japanese: ロボット・カーニバル
English: Robot Carnival
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 1987
Producers: Streamline Pictures
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: APPP
Source: Original
Genres: FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: MechaMecha
Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.251 (scored by 79967,996 users)
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Ranked: #27262
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Popularity: #4109
Members: 22,314
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9 of Japan's leading animators were asked to create a short segment that followed the theme of "Robots," for their inclusion in this film. Essentially, this "movie" is 9 short films, all independant of one another. The common element is human interaction with robots, namely the consequences of creating life with one's own hands, played in nine very different ways.

(Source: ANN)

1: Opening (Atsuko Fukushima and Katsuhiro Otomo)
2: Franken's Gears (Koji Morimoto)
3: Deprive (Hidetoshi Omori)
4: Presence (Yasuomi Umetsu)
5: Star Light Angel (Hiroyuki Kitazume)
6: Cloud (Mao Lamdo)
7: A Tale of Two Robots (Hiroyuki Kitakubo)
8: Nightmare (Takashi Nakamura)
9: Ending (Atsuko Fukushima and Katsuhiro Otomo)


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Moritsugu, Kouji


Tomiyama, Kei


Yokoyama, Chisa


Miwa, Katsue


Shiozawa, Kaneto

Walkerson III, Jean-Jacques



Nishio, Toku


Morimoto, Kouji
Co-Director, Director, Character Design, Screenplay
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Director, Script, Storyboard
Umetsu, Yasuomi
Director, Key Animation, Screenplay, Character Design
Nakamura, Takashi
Director, Character Design, Screenplay


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Jul 6, 2008
While simply a series of short films, Robot Carnival really is artisic creativity unbound. Each story in and of itself is an exploration into the various aspects of artifical life forms and various implications thereof. As written by Justin Sevrakis on ANN "The show's credits reads like a whose-who of anime"- and it truly does. I cannot recommend this enough for mecha fans and really anyone who enjoys seeing artists doing what they do best.
Dec 24, 2017
Robot Carnival is a bunch of smaller pieces that forms a masterpiece.

30 years before Hollywood, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen hawking fear mongered the hell out of AI, these brilliant writers and animators theorize and demonstrate multiple short stories as how the AI/Robot singularity may playout, from beginnings, to present to future and post human worlds.

These films each have their own theme and tone. You might up in deep thinking, dreading, laughing and crying in this one sitting.

Enjoy these short films as they depict the struggles and joys AI/robots will face as they walk the same path as "us."
Nov 11, 2012
I've spent over 30 years watching Anime...I started with Transformers and Robotech in the US. No matter what series I watch, no matter what movie I watch...Robot Carnival is the one that I will always compare them to. When I tell people, particularly those of the "newer" generation of anime fans, what Robot Carnival is about, I simply state, "This is, to me, the anime version of Walt Disney's Fantasia." I have loved this "movie" since the Sci-Fi channel first started in 2001. I wish that whoever holds the Copyright to this gets the stick out of their rear and allows ...

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