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Astro Boy: The Birth of Astro Boy

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Astro Boy is the original icon of Japanese animation and a figure recognized worldwide in almost Mickey Mouse-like proportions. First created half a century ago by "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka as a Pinocchio for the atomic age, this robotic boy with the strength of 100,000 horses was the star of one of Japanese TV's first anime shows. The creative staff that made this landmark series went on to form the backbone of the modern-day anime industry. This futuristic story about an ...
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Astro Boy is the original icon of Japanese animation and a figure recognized worldwide in almost Mickey Mouse-like proportions. First created half a century ago by "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka as a Pinocchio for the atomic age, this robotic boy with the strength of 100,000 horses was the star of one of Japanese TV's first anime shows. The creative staff that made this landmark series went on to form the backbone of the modern-day anime industry. This futuristic story about an atomic-powered robot who wants to be a real, live boy -- but who must instead fight for injustice and peace in a society that scorns his kind -- was a great success on both sides of the Pacific in the form of a black-and-white cartoon in the 1960s. But creator Tezuka was said to be less than pleased with the finished results, and in 1980 he got another chance to do the story right. Unlike the original, this Astro Boy series is in full color, and many of the scripts were written by Tezuka himself. For the first-ever American release of the series, Manga Video is presenting all 51 episodes, spread over 9 VHS tapes. Volume 1 contains the premiere episode, "The Birth of Astro Boy," in which our protagonist is first given life, only to be rejected by his creator and cast out into a cruel world. "Robot Circus" finds Astro rescued from showbiz exploitation by kindly Dr. Elefun. "Save the Classmate" sees the atomic boy battling flesh-and-blood discrimination from his fellow elementary school students. In "Astro's First Love," our hero develops an unfortunate crush on a literal bombshell named Nuka. And in "Save the Carolina 3," Astro runs afoul of the criminal Skunk and his gang on an orbital satellite. Volk Lindsay
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1993
  • UPC: 742617300431
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Source: Central Park Media
  • Presentation: Dubbed
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Noboru Ishiguro Director
Osamu Tezuka Director, Screenwriter
Setsuko Ishizu Art Director
Noboru Shiroyama Screenwriter
Satoshi Yamamoto Producer
Akira Yoshikawa Executive Producer
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