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Remake of Astro Boy

Japan, 1968 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures – Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

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 slicker version but the themes are largely intact. The main shift is in the focus on the robotics of Astro Boy. This time his five powers are described not in humanitarian terms but in machine-power terms (trailing the 70s boom in robot amme pioneered by the likes of Go Nagai Reiji Matsumoto and Yoshiyuki Toshmmo). And lust as Godzilla became a good guy Astro Boy in this series would develop strong friendships with many of his mortal robot enemies thus retaining a key. Tezuka theme robots monsters spirits and animals are OK—Man is the problem.

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