Robot Carnival | ロボット・カーニバル Animezing


Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Anthology film about robots featuring early works from Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Takashi Nakamura (Harmony), and Koji Morimoto (Mind Game), with music from award-winning composer Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Departures)!

Nine Animators. One Vision.

A visual treat for the eyes as well as the mind, Robot Carnival is an anthology collection of nine short films, many done by animators before they got their feet wet in directing. From funny to dramatic, artistic to entertaining, each story reaches towards the furthest corners of time and space to bring you a tale of robots, and the people who make them.



Atsuko Fukushima, from Osaka, is an animator and illustrator. After graduating from school she worked in textile design until joining the animation company Madhouse and then joining an apple where she met her future spouse, Koji Morimoto, another animator and later co-founder of STUDIO 4C along with Eiko Tanaka. She worked on such anime films as Space Adventure Cobra (1982), Golgo 13: The Professional (1983), and The Dagger of Kamui (1985). She did the character design for the segment “Labyrinth Labyrinthos” in the 1987 anthology film Neo-Tokyo as well as the key animation and character design for the opening and ending segments (“Opening”, “Ending”) for the anthology film Robot Carnival. She has also done key animation for Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal film Akira (1988), Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), and segments in Memories (1995) and Genius Party (2006). She most recently contributed character designs to the 2014 award-winning film Giovanni’s Island.

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