Directed By: Katsuhiro Otomo

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Rei is a young inventor living in the U.K. In the middle of the 19th century. Before the 1st ever world expo, a marvelous invention called the 'steam ball', behind which a menacing power is hidden, arrives from his grandfather in the U.S.


Studio Sony
SKU 40717132
UPC 043396055032
UPC 14 00043396055032
Format DVD
Release Date 1/18/2011
Rating Rating
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Fathers And Sons
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Science Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Katsuhiro Otomo, the master Japanese anime director behind the international success AKIRA, scores again with STEAMBOY, the inventive story of a family of inventors from Manchester, England, that gets ripped apart by greed, pride, and power. Ray Steam (voice of Anne Suzuki) is a young boy following in the footsteps of his father, Eddy (Masane Tsukayama), and grandfather, Lloyd (Katsuo Nakamura), scientists dedicated to advancing technology through the use of steam. When Lloyd invents a steam ball that has unheard-of possibilities, everyone wants it--world leaders, wealthy industrialists, and even the government--but most of them want it for evil purposes. And so it is up to Ray to protect the fate of the earth while also choosing between his father and grandfather. The background paintings and 3-D CGI animation are gorgeous, creating a gray-and-white palette of gear-driven machines that melds perfectly with the story, which takes the main characters to a major science exhibition in Victorian-era London. In addition to the original subtitled Japanese version, there is an English-language edition featuring the voices of Anna Paquin, Alfred Molina, and Patrick Stewart. STEAMBOY is an animated gem both kids and adults can enjoy.
Los Angeles Times "[With] lush, painterly backgrounds and some virtuoso sequences..." 03/18/2005 p.E4
Entertainment Weekly "It's nifty to behold..." 04/01/2005 p.50
Premiere "The setting and winsomeness of the teen protagonists suggest Otomo paying homage to Miyazaki, but the ideological bent and propulsive action here are pure Otomo." 09/01/2005 p.122
Sight and Sound "[F]ans may appreciate STEAMBOY for its wholehearted embrace of the sub-genre of 'steampunk', which places futuristic technology in period settings....The splendid animation is on a par with AKIRA." 01/01/2006 p.76
Katsuhiro Otomo
Name Paquin,Anna
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Cast & Crew
Alfred Molina - Actor
Anna Panquin - Actor
Kari Wahlgren - Actor
Katsuhiro Otomo - Director
Patrick Stewart - Actor
Sadayuki Murai, et. al. - Writer
Shigeru Watanabe - Executive Producer
Shinji Komori, et. al. - Producer
Steve Jablonsky - Original Music By
Takeshi Seyama - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 05503
UPC 00043396055032
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 126 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English Dubbed, French Dubbed, Japanese, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review The real pleasure of this movie, which has many, is the last 40 minutes, when the villain's plan is unleashed and young Ray must save London. It is the most ambitious stretch of any animated film I have ever seen, action-packed and tightly edited, with imaginative conceptions based on the mechanical contraptions of the period. Steamboy is a fine example of how anime uniquely contributes to world cinema.
Reviewer G. Allen Johnson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Steamboy is a noisy, eventful and unsuccessful venture into Victorian-era science fiction, animated by a modern Japanese master. It's like H. G. Wells and Jules Verne meet Akira.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource The Onion AV Club
Review rings slightly hollow at the core, thanks to the bizarre plot, which has two thoroughly mad scientists and multiple hangers-on delivering heartfelt rants about the purpose and meaning of science, then endangering the lives of countless people to enforce their will.
Reviewer Tasha Robinson
ReviewRating 6
Director's Cut, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French
Product Attributes
Actor Paquin,Anna
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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