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Computer-Animated Astro Boy Film Opens in North America

posted on 2009-10-23 15:17 EDT
3,036 theaters in U.S.; crew, cast discuss project in interviews

David Bowers and IMAGI's computer-animated film adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) manga opens in 3,036 theaters in United States and in still more theaters in Canada today. The Los Angeles Times newspaper's Charles Solomon writes about Astro Boy's place in history with comments by scholar and translator Frederik L. Schodt and Tezuka's son Macoto Tezka (a.k.a. Makoto Tezuka). Bowers details which elements he chose to include from the original manga and anime (and which ones he chose not to) to Comic Book Resources. He, Tezka, and castmembers Kristen Bell (Cora), Freddie Highmore (Astro Boy), Bill Nighy (Dr. Elefun), and Eugene Levy (Orrin) held interviews at Monday's Hollywood premiere for MovieWeb and Examiner.com.

Nighy expresses his thoughts to The Press Association on dark children's films and adds that he is "very keen on Japanese manga." Bell tells Superhero Hype and TeenHollywood.com about the movie's original character Cora and the film's dialogue-recording process. Levy adds his thoughts on Astro Boy and animated films in general to the Toronto Star newspaper.

Image © IMAGI Crystal Limited
Original Manga © Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.


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