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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


    by maxtrix

    Why not

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker

    by spyro

    has already been released on DVD. Looks very good though.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Brad Bird and company

    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

    Who the fuck cares when AVATAR is fucking our eyeballs in 2009?

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • Feb. 4, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    If you're interested in Astro Boy...

    by ScottGreen

    Make sure to check out 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

    Peacekeeper bringin the pain!

    by kafka07

    I hope he fries lil Astro into a crisp

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    I'd love it if this was great...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...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

    The Hurt Locker

    by Droid

    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

    Any New Stuff On GATCHAMAN or GIGANTOR?

    by LaserPants

    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

    Never cared for Astroboy. Gatchaman,

    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

    re: Any New Stuff On GATCHAMAN or GIGANTOR?

    by ScottGreen

    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

    Didn't production shut down?

    by jj9126

    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

    Nick Cage is in this.

    by Spandau Belly

    So I'll see it.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Never saw Astroboy, but I saw Jet Mars...

    by Prometeo

    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

    re: Funding

    by ScottGreen

    The latest statement 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

    That is Sad.... I was looking forward to Gatchaman

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Sad indeed.... Here's to hoping that Imagi can get some capital to continue these projects...

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    A Live Action YAMATO and/or MACROSS Would Rock!

    by LaserPants

    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

    Live Action Captain Harlock

    by LaserPants

    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>

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Live Action Captain Harlock

    by ScottGreen

    At one point, there was supposed to be a French one with Warren Ellis attached would have been impressive

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Boring and Bland

    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'll be there at NYCC...

    by Pennsy

    I'd be happy to post a report from the screening, AICN chiefs of staff. :)

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    This will flop harder than Speed Racer

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Feb. 4, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Nasty Pasty don't be silly. Even if the west don't watch it

    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

    Looks like just another CGI animated film...

    by Pdorwick big deal really.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Two words we rarely see ever, if at all

    by skimn

    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

    They are making Astro Boy look too much like a live boy!

    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

    I think it looks good

    by Toonol

    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

    wow this is how i pictured a megaman cgi film!!!

    by Warcraft

    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 love Astro Boy in any form.......period

    by BugDOC

    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

    astroboy looks just like the 80s cartoon...thats fun.

    by Bouncy X

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    the hurt locker was pretty fucking rad

    by applescruff

    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

    What was that other anime, sort of like...

    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

    Marine Boy, Kid Z...

    by Pennsy

  • 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!!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    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

    he better do the suction walk.

    by alice 13

    no astroboy suction sound walking = fail.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Thanks Pennsy...

    by Kid Z 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

    I hope this is...g

    by The Amazing G

    good and does well

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Looks gay

    by disfigurehead

    but of course Harry will love it when they pay him off.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Ellis Was Gonna Write A Live Action Harlock Movie?!

    by LaserPants

    Holy crap, that could have been friggin' great!

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Between this and Tintin

    by CreatureCantina

    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

    ^^^crazy talk^^^ Tintin bomb?!?!

    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


    by stanton29

    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

    Astro Big-Boy

    by No-Op

    So Astroboy will star the mascot from a burger chain. Huh.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    The Japanese live-action Astro Boy looks better than this.

    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

    He's not going to

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    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

    How soon before Gigantor rapes our asses?

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    Just sayin'.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Bass, it's not like Astro Boy was incredibly detailed.

    by Orionsangels

    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

    I think what makes us so cynical these days is...

    by Orionsangels

    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

    On the Cynicism point....

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    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

    So he's rockin' a stylish shirt now?

    by alienindisguise

    I agree with some of you that he looks a little too human.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    HARRY change that fucking animation already!

    by Orionsangels

    Can I sit on your lap?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Astro boy trailer on youtube

    by STLost<p> Has been online for awhile. No one has seen it yet?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    whats up with this Hurt Locker movie

    by bottombrick

    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

    Astro Crap

    by Judge_Dredd


  • Feb. 7, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Big Guy+Rusty

    by rbottoms

    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

    Success lies in the script

    by VoldemortWearsPrada

    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

    speed racer already proved...

    by knowthyself

    ..theirs no mass audience appeal for old anime's that they've never heard of.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Well said Motoko...

    by Circean6

    Did you think of that all by yourself?