Cool anime anthology. Robots as a theme. A little slow. gorgeous animation.
Robot Carnival (ロボット・カーニバル, Robotto Kānibaru) is a Japanese anime anthology film released in 1987. It consists of nine shorts by different directors, many of whom started out as animators with little to no directing experience. This film has gained a small cult following.
Each has a distinctive animation style and story from each director within a steampunk-like setting, as well as ranging from comedic to dramatic storylines.
Opening: Directed by Atsuko Fukushima and Katsuhiro Otomo. The opening takes place in a desert. A boy finds a small "coming soon" poster advertising the Robot Carnival, and becomes frightened and agitated. He warns the people in his village, most likely to escape, when a huge machine with many robots performing in niches on its exterior grinds its way right over the village. Once a magnificent traveling showcase, it is now a decayed, rusted, malfunctioning, engine of destruction.
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