Set in Victorian England, this animated action-adventure movie features a boy
inventor, Ra Stim, who is torn between his father and grandfather in their
bitter feud over a joint invention, a mysterious "steam ball" that
holds the key to almost unlimited power. Japanese anime director Katsuhiro
Ôtomo's impressive images are a nifty pastiche of Jules Verne and H.G.
Wells, but the story may be too bombastic for children.