Steamboy [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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From the leader in anime and internationally-renowned director of Akira, comes Katsuhiro Otomo's long-awaited epic anime Steamboy. Victorian London is attacked by an army of futuristic, mechanized war machines and only Ray Steam - the young, brave inventor who knows the astonishing secret behind the invading force's incredible power - stands between the city's survival and ultimate destruction. Over 10 years in the making and Katsuhiro Otomo's first feature-length film since Akira, Steamboy is one of the most elaborate animes ever made.
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You've got a young, inventive boy who finds himself in the middle of a conflict over the nature of science. It's an argument that will erupt in loud, frightening chaos over the city of London. The boy's name is Ray Steam, and steam is definitely the key word in all of this. Ray receives a parcel from his grandfather containing an ultra-powerful "steamball," and almost at once he's forced to honor his grandfather's request to keep it out of the hands of "the Foundation." His father, however, or at least a somewhat mechanized version of him, happens to be in cahoots with the Foundation, and he begins to win his son over to his own version of science. He has used the vast power of steam to take his own father's vision of a Steam Castle and turn it into a well-armed weapon, complete with steam-powered flyers, subs, and mechanized fighters. The grandfather, looking much the worse for wear, shows up to try and sabotage his evil son's efforts, and he confronts Ray with his own peaceful vision of science.Read more ›
On the one hand "Steamboy" is as visually stunning as you would expect, albeit in a decidedly different way from "Akira" and "Metroporisu." This time around Ôtomo is not telling a futuristic story, but one set in 1866 in the London of Victorian England, which mandates sepia toned colors rather than working with a palate of bright neon colors. That alone justifies a different look to "Steamboy," and the chief attraction for this anime are the hand-drawn animation, enhanced by computers, of the massive machines of gears and pistons. But there is another interesting consequences to the setting of "Steamboy," which is that for the first time with a Japanese anime I am recommending that you listen to the English audio track rather than the Japanese. Since the characters are actually English, then for once it makes sense to go this route. Besides, we are talking Patrick Stewart as grandfather Dr. Lloyd Steam, Alfred Molina as his son Dr. Eddie Steam, and Anna Panquin as James Ray Steam, who is the film's title figure.Read more ›
Steamboy is a cracking adventure set in Victorian England with a great voice-over cast including Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin and Alfred Molina all delivering spot-on Northern accents (the characters come from Manchester).
The plot rattles along like a steam train as a boy tries to discover the truth behind the disappearance of his inventor father, fending of the sinister attentions of rival factions using massive machines (steam powered, of course) that would have done credit to the imagination of H.G. Wells.
Yes, it's a cartoon, yes kids will like it, but this is so much more than a children's movie. It's well made, imaginative and good fun. This 45-year old loved it and will love it for many years to come.
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Excellent Voice Artists and Apparently Huge Budget does not a good film make,for One thing it could have been slashed by about 20 minutes and also the Story is Nothing special. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
GREAT FILM IT MOVES ALONG FAST LOTS TO SEE IT'S GO'S FROM THE START.Published 12 months ago by James P Hamer