I like animation in just about any form, whether it’s the stop motion brilliance of Coraline or the computer graphics gleam of Toy Story or Shrek. I’m not a huge fan of manga, however, Japanese comics,though I am a definite fan of graphic novels and probably buy a dozen or so every month (which my kids definitely appreciate). Astro Boy was a mixed bag, therefore, because it’s animated (good) but based on a very Japanese manga comic and story (not so good).
There are lots of amusing adult touches in Astro Boy that kept me entertained during its 94 minute run time, including a scene where Dr. Tenma reminds Toby (by that time resurrected as a robot with Toby’s memories and experiences) that when he was younger, Tenma would read ridiculously adult, intellectual books to him, including Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” and Descarte’s “Before the Horse.” (get it?)
An early review of the film said it had quite a bit of lefty propaganda in it .. but then follow up reviews didn’t mention that. Was that info wrong? Just curious…
Not sure what you mean about “lefty propaganda”, Christian, but it was definitely anti-big-business, but that’s such a common theme in modern movies that I don’t even notice it any more, unless it’s blatant (like in “Beer Wars”).
I had read it featured lots of talk of “revolution” and material that echoed Soviet Union content of yore. Maybe the piece I read was fictitious, or overstated to a serious degree!
And yeah, the ‘corporations are bad’ theme is everywhere. I barely notice it either.
I’m sorry to say that no it really was not based off of the story of Christ and his suffering. I guess it’s because no one really looked into the Astro Boy Managa and Animations from 1960’s-2003, but it’s a story typically based on reincarnation created by Osamu Tezuka.
An example of this would be one of the first 6 episodes sent to NBC in the 1960’s. 3 out of 6 of them were scrapped by NBC, one due to inappropriate use of a Christian church in which the villian of that episode scratched out the eyes of Christ.
Osamu Tezuka did not make a christian show, and since this is a story based off of that it would make sense that this also be not called a Christian story. Tezuka was a budist.
christian or budist,the film is tek