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Astro Boy

Japan, 1966 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures - Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

The TV series that started it all, from the infiltra­tion of Japanese style into Western TV anima­tion to the tradition of cartoon robots still strong in Japanese amine today. The success of Astro Boy in and outside Japan provided the cor­nerstone for the animation industry there and ensured a productive livelihood for Tezuka's independent animation company, Mushi. Incredibly kawatt (cute) to this day-and accord­ing to Tezuka thematically slim when compared to the original manga-Astro Boy remains more innocent than puerile, more charming than cloy­ing more mournful than melodramatic. One of the 193 episodes inspired the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, and a similarly inspired Stanley Kubrick approached Tezuka to do storyboards for 2001.

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Kimba The White Lion

Japan, 1954
The 3rd TV series Tezuka created with Mushi, Kimba was the first colour anime series made in Japan. Highly memorable for Australian kids who saw it during its early 70s broadcast, Kimba con­taine… More »

Princess Knight

Japan, 1956
Acknowledged as the first anime for girls (and indirectly leading to some of the most mind-boggling gender-specific girls titles {shojo manga & anime} which have proliferated in Japan over the procee… More »

Marvelous Melmo

Japan, 1971
If Princess Knight sounds wiid, Marvelous Melmo is all the more so because Tezuka's intentions were that this TV series function as sex educa­tion for young children. Never released in the west-n… More »

Remake of Astro Boy

Japan, 1968
Technically referred to as the Remake Of Astro Boy this series features a karaoke disco version of the theme (true to the Japanese theme but with English words). Many changes are evident in this slic… More »

Tales of the Street Corner

Japan, 1962
Tezuka's work can loosely be divided into three distinct modes of production: his manga—where he could elaborate his ideas with total control, his TV series and manga derived features-which oft… More »

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