Late October 2009 In USA and January 2010 will see the release of the Animation of the classic Astroboy. This animation calssic was created by Osama Tezuka a way back in 1952 right through until 1968 and was called “Tetsuwan Atom” and it was a alot years later USA got the first english spoken version (I’m unsure if the cartoon was aired in UK though).
Osam Tezuka has been credited many titles like “God Of Manga”, “God of Anime” and even the “Japanese Disney” which upset the great man(though he was inpired by disney and Bambi). Along with Astroboy, he created Kimba The white Lion which many critics believe was the imspiration for the Lion King (maybe a post for a another day) but what we can say is the big puppy eyes we see in anime he was man to start the trademark style.
Im a massive Anime fan I havent seen much of Tezuka classics, though I have seen alot of pictures read a few of the graphic novels and I can see and respect why the animation had become a cultural part of American and in some other lands. Its Like Mickey Mouse to Walt Disney, Astroboy is to Tezuka. It was shown by NBC during a period of time when the world was recovering from World War 2 along with world economy recovering, people will simply rebuilding themselves and it was also a fascinating time for techonolgy with alot of gadgets like microwaves, the sort of things we take for granted these days. television was improving slighty, lots of programmes and films where sciFi based so anything robotic was big news.