The Astro Boy series is one of the big daddy’s of anime. Starting way back in the 1960’s Astro Boy is acknowledged as the first popular anime series with the manga dating back from 1951. Come later this year though Astro Boy will given a new lease on life and get the chance to be introduced to an even bigger audience when a full length film is released later this year.
Astro Boy teaser poster
Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive “blue” energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly.
Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero.
screencast from the upcoming Astro Boy movie
I am really looking forward to this film later this year to see how well it is re-imagined and weather it will be a success, from the trailer I have seen on the official site I must see I like what I see so far, i just hope they don’t “kiddiefy” the movie too much and make it acceptable to a wider audience like one of my favourite animated movies The Incredibles. Looking forward to Astro boy?