''The Dream Machine'' (also known as ''The Dreaming Machine'') is an upcoming anime film by the late Creator/SatoshiKon and long time collaborator Creator/{{Madhouse}} Studios. The film is Kon's fifth (and final) film; after his [[AuthorExistenceFailure sudden death from pancreatic cancer in 2010,]] the film went into DevelopmentHell as the studio pondered what to do. On November 12 2010, the movie [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell resumed production]] with an acting director - character designer and chief animation director Yoshimi Itazu - to oversee completion of the film based on the completed screenplay, the already-completed storyboards, and Kon's own directorial tapes and notes. (Creator/{{Madhouse}} founder Masao Maruyama reportedly told Kon in one of their final discussions about the film that Creator/{{Madhouse}} would do "whatever it takes" to complete it.)

The film is said to be outside of [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent Kon's usual]] style of film making, as the film is reportedly a more family-friendly show, as a {{Homage}} to ''Anime/AstroBoy''.

The film was initially scheduled for release date in 2011, but reports of financial difficulties from Creator/{{Madhouse}} have once again [[DevelopmentHell put the film on hold]].

Has nothing to do with the PointAndClick [[VideoGame/TheDreamMachine game]].
!!The anime provides examples of:
* TheBigGuy: King fills this role, being a big and loyal robot.
* {{Expy}}: Appearance-wise, Ririco is one to ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'''s titular character.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to Kon's previous works. The film is reportedly more family-friendly, but will be "an adventure that even older audiences can appreciate."
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Most likely on the idealistic end of the scale.
* RoadTripPlot: Satoshi Kon described it as "like a 'road movie' for robots," and the cast is shown riding a car in a key visual.