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Although Osamu Tezuka's Complete Manga runs to 300 volumes and his filmography as a writer, producer, and/or director includes more than 70 shorts, features, and TV series, Astro Boy--including this 1980 remake--remains his iconic creation.
Although Osamu Tezuka's Complete Manga runs to 300 volumes and his filmography as a writer, producer, and/or director includes more than 70 shorts, features, and TV series, Astro Boy--including this 1980 remake--remains his iconic creation. Tezuka wrote many of the scripts for the second version, and he and Noboru Ishiguro are listed as co-directors. Created by Dr. Boynton to replace his dead son, Astro is a 100,000-horsepower super-robot with jets in his legs, lasers in his fingers, and a gun in his derrière. His round head and goo-goo eyes reflect Tezuka's affection for the old Fleischers cartoons. Astro overcomes criminals, people who use robots for evil purposes or who harbor anti-robot prejudice, and Atlas, a robot who wants to rule the world. In these struggles, Astro never loses his temper, holds a grudge, or feels temptation. Tezuka wanted him to embody the virtues of selflessness and compassion, but his naive, unflagging goodness makes him a rather dull character.
The color version of Astro Boy is better animated than the 1963 original, which relied heavily on cycles and reused footage. But the stolid timing robs the action scenes of the punch they should pack. The English dub is equally flat, with little inflection or acting to communicate the characters' emotions. The faded prints have been restored to their original colors. Characters are called by their English names in the dialogue but by their Japanese names in subtitles (e.g., Dr. Boynton becomes Dr. Tenma). Among the extras are several deleted scenes, including one of Tezuka introducing "Astro's First Love." Tezuka devotees and fans who grew up watching the color version on TV will want this set, but the original, black-and-white series remains the definitive Astro Boy. (Unrated, suitable for ages 7 and older: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
this is the 80's version redone by it's origanal creator while i admit the animation itself is average at best the story over all is very good sue ocasionally it has its bad or... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Kennet R. Beeney
"Flying high in the sky, he may be small but only in size. Astroboy!"
I have to admit, I am probably not your typical manga fan. Read more
I'm glad I bought this:
1) Over 1500 minutes of episodes, not to mention the little booklet and special features--all for about $20--amazing bargain! Read more
In a future where robots are the new second class citizens, a brilliant scientist creates a powerful automaton to serve as his surrogate son and then abandons him. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by David Bonesteel
If you love excellent animation and thoughtful thought-provoking stories, this is a remarkable series that adults and children will find entertaining and touching. Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Mike Silverman
I bought Kimba for my kids, since I wanted cartoons that taught values and I didn't want the vacant all flashes and lights cartoons. Read morePublished on May 24, 2008 by Will Washington DC-Madrid
Tezuka was quite the genius.
First, the 1963 Astro Boy cartoon (along with the comics from the 50's and 60's), then this version which appeared in the early 80's, then the... Read more
Ok, I got it for my kid but it's really for me. I just wanted to see the black and white show from my childhood in the 60's and I did. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by Pearce Bunting