AICN EXCLUSIVE: Images From ASTRO BOY!!
Hey folks, Harry here... ASTRO BOY is about as cool an anime as they get. I've known of him pretty much my entire life, due to my father's undying love of all things robotic, and an evil teenage boarder that lived at my house as a boy, that loved ASTRO and then ripped us off for a fortune in collectibles. But his evil did not ebb our love for this robotic PINNOCHIO that could do a whole lot more than sing about a lack of strings.
This weekend, specificially on Saturday at 4pm, at the New York Comic Con... which curiously is in New York, Summit Entertainment, them blokes that made that fabulous vampire film about fabulous vampires, are having a big presentation where they're going to be dishing on their latest films. Stuff like Alex Proyas' KNOWING, Kathryn Bigelow's THE HURT LOCKER and lastly - and for me, the most exciting... They'll be debuting the following two images and an entire sequence from the film. (ENVY!) I'm hoping by posting these images early, that some of you - that will be there... will give us the low down on what they show! Cuz curious minds like mine, gotsta know.
The first image is of Astro Boy soaring through the gargantuan METRO CITY. This is a publicity shot, taken from the actual film - you'll never see Astro this clearly in the final film as he is hauling ass to go do something here. I saw a pre-release image of the one below, which had him in all his motion blur blurriness and it looks like he's moving out there. Yet doesn't have him as clearly pretty as you see now! [Click to make bigger]
The second image is of Astro Boy's nemesis, PEACEKEEPER. If you're not familiar with ASTRO BOY, this means nothing to you. However, if you are an astromaniac, you know that Peacekeeper is a baddie that absorbs other machines and turns their energy and powers against our little metal laddie. [Click to make bigger also]
Now you folks seeing this footage, don't forget to write in. I look forward to it!!!
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Feb. 4, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
Looks like Astro boy!
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST
has already been released on DVD. Looks very good though.
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST
by Abominable Snowcone
want their Iron Giant concept art back...<p> Will the film use Osaka Popstar's song "Astroboy?" It better
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST
Make sure to check out http://tinyurl.com/bupfc7 Pluto on the Feb 17th, it's Naoki Urasawa's brilliant adult re-imagining of a classic Astro Boy story. One of the sadder works of sci-fi I've read in a while.
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST
I hope he fries lil Astro into a crisp
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST
...3-D-ifying classic animation makes me feel a little queasy still but...willing to give it a shot.
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST
Seen it and it's pretty good. Bigelow needs to direct more flicks. She a quality action director. Reckon she might have made a pretty decent Terminator flick.
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST
I like ASTROBOY, but I'm a raving lunatic for GATCHAMAN. I'm really looking forward to that one.
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Star Blazers, and Robotech were my faves. I'd love to see a live action Star Blazers. The Rebirth online comic is pretty cool. Yamato geeks should check it out.
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST
In the current economic environment, Imagi has been scrambling to keep Astro financed. There plans are to do Gatchaman, then Tusker, but there are a lot of hurtles to clear before that's a reality
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST
A few weeks back because the animation studio couldn't cover payroll? Where does this thing stand now?
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
So I'll see it.
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST
Jetter Mars was essentially a remake of Tetsuwan Atomu in which Astro and some of the other characters were slightly reworked by Tezuka because he was on a deadline and couldn't re-acquire the Tetsuwan Atomu copyrights in time to produce the color Tetsuwan Atomu series he really wanted to make. Jetter Mars, like Astro Boy, is a powerful robot built in the image of a boy. The two scientists who created him are Dr. Yamanoue (who created Jetter's body) and Dr. Kawashimo (who created his mind). The disagreement between them mirrors the disagreement in Tetsuwan Atomu between Dr. Tenma and Dr. Elefun, respectively. Several episodes were remakes of earlier Tetsuwan Atomu stories. A total of 27 episodes were produced. Jetter Mars is often regarded by Tezuka fans as one of his weakest efforts, though Tezuka was under some financial pressure at the time, and was unable to wait for the copyright dispute to be resolved. Other Tezuka fans defend the series as the best Tezuka was able to do under the circumstances, and that there was really nothing wrong with it that wouldn't have been corrected had it been produced as a Tetsuwan Atomu series.
Feb. 4, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST
The latest statement http://tinyurl.com/ak89ot was that they received bridge funding that would carry them over until they got what they needed from private equity companies
Feb. 4, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST
Sad indeed.... Here's to hoping that Imagi can get some capital to continue these projects...
Feb. 4, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST
But I doubt the former will happen and I have strong doubts about the latter as well.
Feb. 4, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST
For a short fan film (in spanish, btw), its not half bad. I like the costumes, and the ship work is decent. File this under the heading "stuff that will never actually happen, and probably shouldn't, but I admire the attempt." <br><br> http://tinyurl.com/cuk76p
Feb. 4, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST
At one point, there was supposed to be a French one with Warren Ellis attached http://tinyurl.com/cf7zjt would have been impressive
Feb. 4, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST
by Right Bastard
That is one of the most boring and bland character designs. I love the anime, but I still hate the way most "humans" are done in CG. Awful.
Feb. 4, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST
I'd be happy to post a report from the screening, AICN chiefs of staff. :)
Feb. 4, 2009, 11 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Feb. 4, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST
by Damien Chowder
Asia will watch it seven times over. But it all depends on the story and directing because Turtles was shite.
Feb. 4, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST
...no big deal really.
Feb. 4, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST
AICN EXCLUSIVE<p>And _droid_ has an excellent point. Was Bigelow ever considered for the Terminator sequel? That woman deserves more projects and A-properties. Bad blood between her and Cameron?
Feb. 4, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST
by Bob Cryptonight
He looks like the SON of the scientist, not the ROBOT the scientist built to look like his dead kid. The features are too soft or something...
Feb. 4, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST
Humans are _very_ stylized in the manga, so CGI might work well for them. Not as creepy as it is when animated 'realistic' humans.
Feb. 4, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST
I was just thinking a few weeks ago how awesome a cgi megaman movie would be, looks like astroboy is gonna ful fill that fantasy!
Feb. 4, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST
I watched this cartoon on American TV in the mid 60's and loved it. It fell by the wayside and now I own all of the new stuff on DVD along with all of the originals released on DVD a few years back. I watch them with my son and while he is not nearly as enamored as I was at his age.....I still love it. Count me in when the movie comes out. <p> Color me a big fan regardless of how the features look. It certainly looks fine to me and is easily recognizable as Astro.
Feb. 4, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
Feb. 4, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST
although it gets repetitive with the whole bomb-defusing shit over and over again, and there isn't much of a story. its just a bunch of tense sequences strung together by a thread that are cool to watch. its a good war film cause its not political. it takes no sides. this movie could've starred sly and seagal and just fucking owned. i agree this is more of an action film than an iraq war movie.
Feb. 4, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST
by Kid Z
...a fusion of Astroboy and Aquaman? He was a human instead of a robot (I think, anyway) and, by chewing "Oxygum", invented by his father, he could breathe underwater. It was syndicated on a local Philadelphia station back in the mid-to-late 1970's, I've never seen it since. Anyone knows, let me know... I don't even remember the title of the damn thing.
Feb. 4, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST
Feb. 4, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST
by alice 13
or spikes or whatever they are. omg it doesnt look like the original! WWWAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
You know, that ain't bad. For a show I last watched when I was 4, I find myself strangely excited for this film. Damn well better have that song, though...
Feb. 4, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST
by alice 13
no astroboy suction sound walking = fail.
Feb. 4, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST
by Kid Z
...like I said, been a lonnnng time since I saw that one. It's really just a vague memory from my childhood. Glad to know the show actually existed.
Feb. 4, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST
by The Amazing G
good and does well
Feb. 4, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST
but of course Harry will love it when they pay him off.
Feb. 4, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST
Holy crap, that could have been friggin' great!
Feb. 4, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST
I can't decide which I could possibly be even less interested in. We're looking at two epic bombs here...
Feb. 4, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST
by Damien Chowder
French speakers would go watch this till they bankrupt themselves. Asia will watch anything Western. The rest of the world will watch any dum shite. Tintin ain't any dumb shite.
Feb. 4, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST
It's what we're made of. Nice to see Engrish in the background! Certainly looking forward to this!
Feb. 4, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST
So Astroboy will star the mascot from a burger chain. Huh. http://manolomen.com/images/big-boy.jpg
Feb. 4, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST
by Bass Bastardson
Why do they have to do this? If I'm to go by these stills they have turned Astro Boy bland and generic. Color me less than excited.
Feb. 4, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST
wear that shirt and pants the entire movie is he?Where's his black shorts and red boots?
Feb. 4, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST
Feb. 4, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST
The cartoon itself was rather bland looking. Were you expecting realistic looking character's and worlds? It's a cartoon first.
Feb. 4, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST
We see today's art of movie making as something rather simplistic. That isn't earned, but rather easily attainable. Where 20 or 30 years ago. There were no computers and therefore more of a struggle and ambition to create the wonderful things we saw on the BIG screen.
Feb. 4, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST
I'd go so far as to say we're cynical because we not only know more about how film is made, we now go so far as to expect such knowledge. Not long ago, it was taboo to understand how the magician performed his trick. Now, it's nearly the opposite.
Feb. 5, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST
by Larry Sellers
This is one of those things that should be successful but will fucking tank at the box office anyway. Mostly because the animation is completely uninspired and fails to grab your attention. Also the general public has no fucking clue what an Astro Boy is.
Feb. 5, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST
by Yotz Von Frelnik
Warner Brothers did a cute parody on an episode of Freakazoid called "Hero Boy".
Feb. 5, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST
I agree with some of you that he looks a little too human.
Feb. 5, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST
Can I sit on your lap?
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shz79sHoXs8<p> Has been online for awhile. No one has seen it yet?
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST
Bigelow hasn't done anything worth seeing since Cameron stopped banging her but I'm intrigued by this, whats it about?
Feb. 7, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST
Feb. 7, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST
Never heard of Astro Boy, but then again I've never like Anime (except for Ghost in the Shell). But Big Guy and Rusty was pretty cool.
Feb. 7, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST
Which is pretty much true for any CGI film, but the 2003 cartoon is a good example what happens when people miss the central point of Astro Boy: a robot with a soul and the personality of a child but which is also a highly equipped killing machine (once again I'll spruik the little-known 1980s cartoon version, the only one done with Tezuka's direct participation ... see it, see it, see it !!!)
Feb. 8, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST
..theirs no mass audience appeal for old anime's that they've never heard of.
Feb. 9, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST
Did you think of that all by yourself?