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Imagi Launches Tetsujin 28 Site with CG Test Teaser

posted on by Egan Loo
Yokoyama's giant robot anime classic was released in U.S. as Gigantor

The Japanese animation company Hikari Productions and the Hong Kong-based computer animation studio IMAGI have launched a website for "T28," a teaser video based on Mitsuteru Yokoyama's classic Tetsujin 28 giant robot manga and anime. NBC aired the 1963-1965 black-and-white anime version in the United States under the name Gigantor. The story follows the adventures of a boy who can control a giant robot with his special handheld joystick.

IMAGI Creative Director Felix Ip revealed on his blog last month that his company had created the computer-graphics animation test before he became fully occupied on the Astro Boy film, which will open in the United States in October. Although a full-length film version of "T28" has not been green-lit for production, the new website invites viewers to express whether they want to see one made.

The Tetsujin 28 story has been remade in anime several times, including a color 1980-1981 version, the 1992-1993 Tetsujin 28-go FX re-imagining, the retro-tinged 2004 television remake, and the 2007 film sequel. Kindaichi Case Files artist Fumiya Sato has been revisiting the story in a manga called Tetsujin Dakkan Sakusen. A Japanese live-action film was produced in 2005, and Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii directed and wrote a stage play version that opens this month. The city of Kobe announced in 2007 that it will errect an 18-meter (59-feet) Tetsujin 28 statue at Yokoyama's birthplace. The Right Stuf International, Rhino, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released some of the anime versions on home video in North America.

Source: AstroBoy World

Image © 2008 Hikari Productions Co., Ltd./IMAGI Studios

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