If there's one thing that rivals hands in the scheme of difficult physical attributes to illustrate, it's hair. Perhaps that's why so many cartoonists have opted for iconic hairdos that aren't necessarily natural, but rather recognizable helmets of iconography?
Manga, comics, it's all the same right? After all, Japanese comics encompass just as many styles, genres and formats as sequential art found elsewhere in the world. So why do we make the distinction as if every manga were "Naruto" and every American comic were "Wolverine?"
Since its creation in 1952, Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy" manga has become a certified worldwide phenomenon, featured in multiple television series, movies, and books. 2009 alone saw the introduction of two new takes on the "Astro Boy" mythos: a CGI "Astro Boy" movie aimed squarely at the brainpans of American children, and "Pluto," a new manga for adults who want a little bit more from their cartoon characters
With the new Hollywood CGI Astro Boy now out in theaters, the usual question comes to mind: how close will it be to the original comic? And the answer for most US comic fans is..."who the heck actually read Astro Boy?" Well, we did
This coming Friday marks the theatrical release of Imagi Studios' computer animated "Astro Boy," meaning merchandise isn't far behind. Perhaps the most notable plastic pieces formed in Astro Boy's honor (in terms of raw distribution) are the upcoming Happy Meal toys packed with kids me
The "Astro Boy" movie hits theaters on October 23rd, and ComicsAlliance had a chance to talk to both Director David Bowers and voice stars Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars," "Heroes") and Freddie Highmore ("The Spiderwick Chronicles) about the first big screen adaptation of the classic manga
So, the "Astro Boy" trailer is out, and I can't pretend to be happy about this totally misconceived Pixar knockoff. You'd think that the most famous manga of all time might be a pretty good candidate to become, say, an amazing anime movie by Miyazaki rather than yet another iteration of the "Toy Story" CGI, but apparently you would be wrong.
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