IMDB.com has the “AstroBoy” CGI movie listed as being released in 2009, but you won’t have to wait that long to get your first look at the movie’s poster (thumbnail to your left, a bigger version below) and a first image from the movie courtesy of First Look. The film is being done by Imagi Animation Studios, which is apparently the same people who did the recent “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” CGI movie. I don’t know very much about AstroBoy, but I know enough to say that he’s immensely popular in Japan, and seems to have a cult following here in the States. Head on below for the poster, pic, and a synopsis of the story.
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AstroBoy tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he lost. Our hero journeys to find acceptance in the human world and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction.
AstroBoy is being directed by long-time animator Colin Brady. He commented on the film in a recent update, stating that they’re “being faithful to Tezuka’s original story arc, [and] at the same time bringing out elements needed for those unfamiliar with the story.” He also added more about working on the project, which was entirely new to him when he was first approached.
Poster and image: