Discotek Media to bring us DVD of “Robot Carnival” and MORE!


It is truly an exciting day for Otakus, my friends.

Just a short half year ago, I wrote a review on the classic anime anthology feature, “Robot Carnival,” created by 9 of Japans greatest animation directors in 1987. To this day, that film has only been available on VHS, and was briefly shown on the Sci-fi channels weekly anime block for a few years back in the early 2000s. This however, is the first time anyone has been able to land the license to the film for a proper higher-quality release in the US, and I could not be more excited.

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The animation for this film is brilliant, many unique and surprisingly visually strong short pieces here, all strung together with the simple and open-ended premise of “robots.” It’s all in the style of sci-fi short stories, perhaps the kind that Ray Bradbury would have written. But it also has a bit of that classic mid-80s cheese that only Japan could have given you in its purist and most saturated form. And it’s a shame that this film could not be seen in better quality until now.

There is no official word on whether or not Discotek may have the rights to produce a Blu-ray copy, or even whether or not “Robot Carnival” has been given an HD or 4K transfer yet in Japan. But even if it hasn’t, a high-quality DVD print, the kind that Discotek excel as, is more than enough to satisfy this animation fan, and I’m sure many of you as well.

If you’d like to learn more about the film, please go and check out my full review at this link here> “Robot Carnival” (1987)