Robotto kânibaru (Robot Carnival) Reviews
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.
Is it really that hard to understand? Anyway, its a beautifully made film with something for everyone IMO, serious moments, comedy, strange moments, scary moments, and poignant moments. I really love this film, I just wish it would get another R1 release.
The best Anime movie the world has ever known. Seriously and devastatingly underrated.
First of all, to call this entire film "anime" is a bit of a misnomer. While all the animators are Japanese, each part of the film has a unique style to it. People are depicted differently in each short, and scenery ranges from simple deserts and countrysides to immense theme parks and cities. Some of these films are done clearly in the modern anime style, but for those like me who appreciate variety in our art, there a few other excellent examples of animation. Speaking of, the film, while being titled by the opening and closing sequences of a giant, mobile, mechanized performance, contains only one other unifying aspect: robots (or, more often than not, mechanical life). Like Disney's Fantasia, Robot Carnival is mostly silent of dialog and dominated by an enchanting, obviously 80s, musical score for each short film. While I love the music, it has divided many other fans of the film, whom often voice that they know of far better music to accompany the films.
But then you have the films themselves! Nine marvelous, epic stories, all wrapped up into barely-ten minute glimpses into a world both our own and not our own. Here we have typical humans: teenage girls with boy problems in "Star Light Angel", obsessive scientists such as Dr. Franken in "Franken's Gears", and even a Vespa-driving drunk in "Nightmare." Clearly though, the robots steal the show. Whether they are determined heroes ("Deprive"), love-torn androids ("Presence"), or fiendish goblins of the night ("Nightmare"), the robots demonstrate both the hopes and fears of a humanity heading for a future where such things are not impossible, but almost certainly destined to pass. The consequences of such life-like machines existing are shown, and several of the short films really make you think or ponder the nature of intelligence and emotion. Of course, there are some that are just for laughs or simple entertainment, so there is a wonderful balance between high-brow art and your typical, mass-appealing Saturday morning cartoon.
In conclusion, I cannot find anything wrong with this film. Though I saw it over a decade ago on television when I was a far more impressionable lad, watching again today reveals it has lost little of its effect. Robot Carnival is a whirlwind of emotion and thought, a little something for everyone whether you like animated films or not.