Astroboy--now a MAN! - The Filipino Rambler


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Astroboy--now a MAN!

Astroboy has turned from a BOY to a MAN!


photo from here

And the new image--ta-daaa!

With upper garment and pants!
photo from here

Our dear Astro Boy has grown up to be a man.. Showing in theaters soon!


**Colin Brady was originally attached to direct this film before being replaced by David Bowers.

**The original cartoon of Astro Boy (or "Mighty Atom" in Japanese) was first seen on Japanese television from 1963 to 1966 as 'Astroboy (1963)' which is credited as the first anime cartoon. The character of Astro Boy first appeared in print as a manga in 1952 by Osamu Tezuka. Another Astro Boy series was remade in the 1980s and again in the 21st century.

**Scarlett Johansson was set to voice Cora but was (for unknown reasons) replaced by Kristen Bell.

**Towards the end of the teaser trailer we see a man in a red cap and glasses with a big nose as Astroboy flies by. This is the frequent self-caricature of Osamu Tezuka.

**The Japanese release of the movie uses the original character model of Astro Boy, maintaining the original bodyform, facial features, and hairstyle rather than the updated character model. The differences can be noted in a comparison between the U.S. and Japanese trailers for the movie.

**Entertainment news reports in late January, 2009 stated that production had appeared, at the time, to have shut down, possibly due to the recession.

**As Astro Boy is under construction, the blueprint plan briefly seen has been drawn exactly as the character appears in the original "Astroboy" (1963)television series.

**In 1999, Sony Pictures Entertainment purchased the film rights to Astro Boy from Tezuka Productions, intending to produce a combination live-action/animatronics/CGI feature film alongside Jim Henson Productions originally slated for a Christmas 2000 release, with Eric Leighton (Dinosaur) attached to direct. Nothing more came out of this announcement.

**In June 2004, Eric Leighton was replaced with accomplished animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack) with a scheduled 2007 release. However, some time after this announcement was made, Tartakovsky left the film to produce The Dark Crystal (1982)'s sequel, The Power of the Dark Crystal (2011), also for Jim Henson Productions.

**In summer 2006, it was announced that Hong Kong-based animation firm Imagi Animation Studios would produce an all-CGI animated film based on Astro Boy, as part of a three-picture distribution deal with Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company alongside TMNT, and Gatchaman. The film is to be released sometime in 2009. In 2007, Colin Brady (Everyone's Hero) was signed on to direct the movie. In 2008, Summit Entertainment took over the film's distribution rights. That same year, Brady was replaced with David Bowers.

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