Astro Boy

Manga and Comics: What’s in a Name?
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...
‘Astro Boy’ Spin-Offs: The Movie vs. ‘Pluto’
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 w
The Real Astro Boy Story: Depressing as Hell
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. And we're betting the movie's changed a lot of this sad story of one robot's struggle against anti-robot racism...
Comic Book Sushi: Cartoon Bento Boxes from Japan
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 Bento Boxes" by Christopher Salyers, tweetmeme_url = 'http://comicsalliance...
McDonald’s Happy Meals Are Poised For ‘Astro Boy’ Toys
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 meals at participating McDonald's restaurants...
Kristen Bell Talks About Astro Boy’s Butt
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...
Why Is the ‘Astro Boy’ Film Not Anime? Why?
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...
SDCC: ‘Astro Boy’s Kristen Bell and Freddie Highmore
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, which was developed into a television series in 1963 and subsequently enjoyed multiple incarnations and reinventions in print and on film...

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