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‘Astro Boy’ Spin-Offs: The Movie vs. ‘Pluto’

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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

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The Real Astro Boy Story: Depressing as Hell

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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

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Comic Book Sushi: Cartoon Bento Boxes from Japan

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The "Astro Boy" movie is out, and how better to celebrate the Hollywood debut of one of the most beloved manga characters in history than by eating his face for lunch? There is no better way.

This Tezuka treat comes from the pages of "Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese B

‘Astro Boy’ Director David Bowers Talks Butt Guns, Robot Class Struggles, and Sequel Rumors

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With the new 3-D computer-animated "Astro Boy" movie hitting theaters this week, American audiences will once again be introduced to one of the founding characters of Japanese manga and anime.

But will they take the bait this time around? Are the dulcet tones of Kristen Bell, Eugene Levy, Samuel L. Jackson, and other marquee

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McDonald’s Happy Meals Are Poised For ‘Astro Boy’ Toys

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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

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Kristen Bell Talks About Astro Boy’s Butt

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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

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Why Is the ‘Astro Boy’ Film Not Anime? Why?

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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.

You wann

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SDCC: ‘Astro Boy’s Kristen Bell and Freddie Highmore

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Among the upcoming films on display here at Comic Con is Astro Boy, based on the popular Japanese manga series. From Todd's recent report on Astro Boy footage: "Astro Boy is based on Osamu Tekuza's 1952 manga, whic

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The Best of Cinematical from Comic-Con

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While our partner blog TV Squad has John Scott Lewinski fighting his way through hordes of overweight Rorschachs and pre-pubescent Chun Lis we'd also like to highlight that Cinematical is in the house doing a bang-up job.

The movie side of the annual pop-culture cavalcade opened with one of the biggest names in the history of film and what could very w

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