Friday, July 20, 2007

Astro Boy in Black and White

During this run-up to a proper launch, I am largely resisting the urge to post. But last night I managed to overcome the limitations of Apple's DVD player, which constrain the user's ability to change region codes. I downloaded VLC, a shareware media player, which has enabled me to play variable region DVDs. Significantly, these include Madman Entertainment's English-language version of Osamu Tezuka's Mighty Atom, or Astro Boy. This is the series that NBC picked up from Tezuka and selectively redubbed in English. The Japanese show debuted in 1963. I will discuss the series in a later post, but thought I'd offer up a still in the meantime. This is from Episode #30, "Super Duper Robot." We are looking at said robot from the rear in this shot, as Astro Boy offers his threat assessment to Dr. Elefun.

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