Актеры: Akiko Hiramatsu (as Palme), Megumi Toyoguchi (as Popo), Daisuke Sakaguchi (as Shatta), Yurika Hino (as Koram), Kappei Yamaguchi (as Roualt), Motomu Kiyokawa (as Fou), Rikako Aikawa (as Barron), Christine M. Auten (as Soma (Female) (voice: English version)), Chris Ayres (as Sawadust (voice: English version)), Jessica Boone (as Popo (voice: English version)), Luci Christian (as Darumaya (voice: English version)), Mike Coleman (as Roualt (voice: English version) (as Michael Coleman)), Tiffany Grant (as Pu (voice: English version)), John Gremillion (as Soma (Male) (voice: English version)), Mika Kanai (as Poo), Etsuko Kozakura (as Moo), Andy McAvin (as Fou (voice: English version)), Chris Patton (as Shatta (voice: English version)), Monica Rial (as Mu (voice: English version)), Allison L. Sumrall (as Koram (voice: English version) (as Allison Sumrall)), Kira Vincent-Davis (as Palme (voice: English version))
Описание: Одно из самых сильных и красивых анимэ. Его сделали, чтоб развлекать и помогать больной девочке. Но прекрасная хозяйка умерла и он больше не нужен. Он не человек, а деревянная кукла, кукла имеющая один из даров "живых" - память. Это дар и проклятье одновременно... Можно провести параллели с историей Буратино (Пиннокио), но все намного глубже. Если Спилберг в своем "A.I." футуризировал Пиннокио, то здесь "слоев" повествования больше. Тот, кто хочет стать человеком, должен быть готов принять не только любовь, но и ненависть...
Рецензии: A very personal film by director Takashi Nakamura (who gave us the NIGHTMARE segment in ROBOT CARNIVAL and the fun, Miyazaki-esque CATNAPPED!), A TREE OF PALME is a gorgeous looking anime sadly marred by an overlong runtime and a rather convoluted, difficult to follow plot. The film takes place in a seemingly post apocalyptic environment somewhat akin to Bakshi's WIZARDS and involves a robot made from a mysterious wood named Palme created by a man to serve his dying wife. He is given a mysterious object by a strange blue skinned warrior woman and told to take it to the land of Tamas, deep below the Earth's surface. And that's only the very beginning of the film.
One of the biggest problems with A TREE OF PALME is that it is too long, though a little over two hours long it feels as long as one of THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies due to it's very slow pace. The film also attempts to combine to epic fantasy storytelling of such anime as NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND and RECORD OF LODOSS WAR with the surrealism of such anime as THE ANGEL'S EGG and the LABYRINTH sequence in NEO-TOKYO but does not succeed since the two styles are very incompatible. It's like trying to mix UN CHIEN ANDALOU with THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Originally conceived as a TV series, A TREE OF PALME took a whole decade to develop and produce. The effort certainly does show, as the animation and imagery in the film is simply arresting. I've never seen such incredible imagery in an anime outside of Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii's films. The plot, however, though it is obvious Nakamura was striving to create a world akin to Tolkien, is very convoluted and difficult to follow with a mess of characters who don't really do anything in the narrative. The film is definitely worth a watch just to take in some of the amazing imagery, but in the end it's just a bunch of pretty pictures, nothing more.