I never really had much of an opinion of this Astro Boy flick from Imagi. Seemed like it could be a lot of fun. Looked vastly different than the Mighty Atom I’ve seen before, but I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Then Ananth handed me a Black Jack manga and I was hooked. Osamu Tezuka’s work is absolutely wonderful! So now that I’ve become a gigantic Tezuka fan and I’ve just seen this trailer, I can tell you right the fuck now that this is NOT Tezuka’s Astro Boy.
My biggest problem is that the CG Astro Boy doesn’t look like Mighty Atom. You can tell it’s supposed to be the same character, but the proportions are all wonky. CG Astro is missing that Tezuka flair. The other characters look nothing like anything Tezuka would draw. It’s like looking at a faded shadow of Tezuka’s work!
Now if you’re not a Tezuka fan or don’t know an Astro Boy from a Mighty Atom, looking like the source material won’t make much of a difference. And I’m sure they’re targeting kids instead of the hardcore Tezuka geeks. From that angle, this still looks like it could be a lot of fun.
So I’m a bit torn. On the one hand, I can’t separate my feelings for Tezuka’s work. It’s so fucking good. I want my CG Astro Boy to look like it came out of Tezuka’s pen. It doesn’t. But on the other hand, this looks like a fun little family flick and we need more of those that don’t suck. I might end up seeing a matinée of this when it drops.