Miraculous creator is preparing a new Astro Boy cartoon

Astro Boy

Astro Boy
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French computer-animated series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir (Where Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir in the French original) has quietly become an undeniable global hit, with teenage superheroes and goofy villains fueled by their negative emotions, and it looks like creator Thomas Astruc and Method Animation are now being rewarded for their efforts with a big name anime/manga franchise. According Varietythey were tapped to develop a new anime reboot of Osamu Tezuka Astro Boy after what looks like an intense fight to get the rights before anyone else can.

The original manga/anime from the 50s and 60s is about a little robot boy in a sci-fi future who is built by a scientist named Doctor Tenma as a replacement for his deceased son. Astro, with his rocket boots and machine gun stock and various other superpowers, finally begins to fight the bad guys and the big robots. So it’s like Pinocchio in a way, if Geppetto built a baby Iron Man instead of a puppet… and if Iron Man had a machine gun in his butt.

Variety says Astruc will direct 52 new half-hours Astro Boy episodes, with this new version of the character being “more timely” than the old one. Apparently, it will “address today’s burning issues, including the impact of the internet, social media, and human-caused environmental damage.” This kind of thing seems very in line with Miraculousso it will be interesting to see Astro Boy having to deal with trolls who think people should stop trying to reboot Astro Boy (remember the 2009 movie?).

The Variety the story doesn’t say how far away it is (we’re guessing very) or where it might land when finished (Miraculous originally aired on Nickelodeon in the US before Disney swallowed it, so it could go anywhere).


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