Astro Boy - The Complete Series
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A research scientist models a secret, atomic-powered robot boy on his deceased son. After jolting to life, Astro Boy tirelessly fights for justice. Includes 50 episodes on 5 DVD's, with 29 never before seen tin the USA.
When Osamu Tezuka created Tetsuwan Atom (literally Iron-arm Atom) a.k.a. Astro Boy, he set his birthdate as April 7, 2003--51 years after the initial manga and 40 years after the groundbreaking television series debuted. Sony produced this third incarnation in 2003, and a few episodes aired on American TV in 2004. A combination of drawn and computer-generated animation, the new version is far more lavish than the initial black-and-white series or the 1980 color remake. The artists strive to preserve Tezuka's drawing style, keeping Astro's outsized eyes and Dr. O'Shay's pickle nose. Spaceships and other robots float effortlessly by, but Astro's legs shoot old-fashioned rocket flairs.
The newly born Astro is a complete innocent, but as he explores various aspects of the world, he develops a strong sense of purpose, aiding those in need. His state-of-the-art brain includes kokoro, which can be translated as "heart," "spirit," or "will," which makes him more human. The conflict between humans and robots--which some critics have interpreted as a metaphor for racism distinguishes--escalates into a battle at the city of Robotonia in Antarctica. Astro strives to make peace between the hostile factions, although many of the conflicts were sparked by Dr. Tenma, who originally created him. Although visually appealing, this lush reinterpretation lacks the gritty charm of Tezuka's low-budget original. The only extra is a short "remaking of"; the dialogue is dubbed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese--but not Japanese. (Unrated, suitable for ages 8 and older: cartoon violence) --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
- All 50 episodes from the 2003 TV series, including 29 episodes never before seen in the US
- "Remaking of Astro Boy"
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It was the genius of Osamu Tezuka to make the hero of his manga a robot. Little Astro has to grow, not only learning how to deal with villains many times his size, but also how to diplomatic. As the series goes on, his goal in life becomes clear: to have humans and robots dwell together in harmony. But others grow, as well. Astro is not without his faults; twice he doesn't listen to his little sister Zoran and gets into trouble for it. And in the end, he has to reconcile with his creator, the evil Dr. Tinma, who himself finally comes to his senses. For all his powers, though, he is quite modest, shunning a well-deserved limelight when equal rights for robots is finally declared.
To be true, the English dub of Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom in Japanese) is not flawless. It would have been better to retain the Japanese opening and closing music, and much of the background music, though at times the English dub background music is apropos to the story line. Its main failing, however, is in mixing up the order of episodes as compared with the Japanese. To get the maximum benefit out of the Astro Boy 2003 series, it should be viewed in the same order as was shown in Japan (charts available online). And one should look behind the kids' stuff to find a story that provokes deep thought at times.
As to the dub, in places the English dialog departs from the Japanese; sometimes it's actually better. (However, allowances must be made for cultural differences, so, what is better for me may not be so for someone from elsewhere.} All in all, the series calls for a sequel, perhaps (taking a cue from the 2009 movie) an adolescent Astro in middle school with all the adventures, both serious and humorous that happen there. But that is up to the producers.
This series of Astro Boy may well end up like many works of literature: not intended to be any more than light entertainment, but winding up being a classic. What Osamu Tezuka started was followed up on very well after his passing. I enjoyed it very much, and consider it a worthy addition to my library.