ROXIE KIDS : Anime World #3 – ASTRO BOY
Sunday, August 24th Free Admission for Kids
“ROXIE KIDS” is the animation film screenings on weekends which children and the parents can enjoy the cinema experience together through fantastic animation films.
The 3rd program of the special series is “ASTRO BOY” directed by Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga, Father of Anime. He gave much inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki.
“The image of the future Tezuka showed us was not only bright but scary, irrational, and sad. He’d already realized the two opposing aspects of Modernism: prosperity and destruction.” Hayao Miyazaki
A science fiction series set in a futuristic world where robots co-exist with humans. Astro is a powerful robot created by the head of the Ministry of Science to replace his son, who died in a car accident. Astro is shown fighting crime, evil, and injustice. Most of his enemies were robot-hating humans, robots gone berserk, or alien invaders. Almost every story included a battle involving Astro and other robots.
We introduce 4 episodes (24mins × 4) from 1980s TV series.
Bureau of Precision Machinery in Science Ministry is working on the development of “Super Robot”, despite experiencing no less than four failures. At that time, a man called Skunk visits Minister of Science, Dr. Tenma at home. He proposes to provide the ministry with Omega Factor which will allow a robot to have a reason as humans do. But Dr. Tenma refuses his proposal
●Space Airport R-45
The space airport is infested with space gangs and space rockets are wrecked constantly. Under such circumstance, the airport administrator Tsukioka is being forced to step down by the master of the hotel, who aims to take over Tsukioka’s position. Atom comes to the airport to clean up those gangs.
●Anger of Sphinx
At attacked by Robot Crab. Atom somehow gets to MonsieurAmpere’s second camp. Monsieur Ampere is the man who asks Dr. Ochnomizu to send Atom, and is excavating the land for the research of Mayan Pyramid. Then, Atom follows a guide to see Monsieur Ampere. But again, Atom is attacked, this time by a robot Sphinx, who has intercepted the excavation of the pyramid anddestroyed the first camp completely.
●Atom’s first love
The stolen blueprint of Atom’s prototype model has found in the underground fortress in Republic of Grotta. Dr. Ochanomizu ordered Atom to retrieve the blueprint since the prototype was designed to be installed a neutron bomb. Changing himself into a shape of man, Atom tries to sneak into the fortress in the country; however, he is blocked by laser beams. Then a robot girl who lives in the fortress takes Atom into the fortress. She is a robot named Nyoka created by the administrator of the fortress Dr. Lindolph.
© TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS
To Learn More : Astro Boy Official Site & Trailer
Original Story /Story Line / Main Character : Osamu Tezuka
Storyboard : Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Dezaki, Ryosuke Takahashi, etc…
Original Picture : Osamu Tezuka, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Masanobu Kozo
Rendition : Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Dezaki
Chief Director : Osamu Dezaki
1980-1981 / English Dubbed
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Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: borax, Asian Art Museum, Cosplay San Francisco