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.