This ain't your father's Astro Boy

Is it Hype or is it Jive? Let the rending of garments begin!


8 comments:

Tohoscope said...

You already know my thoughts on this. They'll have to pry my Astro Boy manga from my cold dead hands.

DVC said...

Yep! And the old VHS from mine!

My girlfriend's nuts about cartoons so we might just have to see this one -- but in the cheap seats ; )

Tohoscope said...

I can wait for the DVD. Just like Speed Racer. I still can't believe how good Speed Racer was.

And before anybody gets on my case about Speed Racer I just wanna point out something called Dragonball: Evolution.

DVC said...

DB:E was a dayglo abortion to begin with (ha! Punk reference!)

Getting me to watch SR would be like what they did to Alex in 'A Clockwork Orange', just ain't happenin'.

The best thing about the cheap seats in this town is that they're $1 on Tuesdays -- cheaper than a DVD ; )

Tohoscope said...

I don't know how else to tell you, Speed Racer was the most faithful adaption of any Western live action film. You are missing out.

But then again, if you weren't a fan of the original Speed Racer in the first place, you ain't the audience for it.

I can think of a couple of Japanese live action adaptions that worked right off the top of my head: Dororo and Gegege No Kitaro are great movies.

DVC said...

I *DID* like the original cartoon but it was the whole look of the movie that grated: the 'Dick Tracy' era color scheme and costumes, the HotWheels tracks meets CGI meets Ultraviolence for the kiddie set. And then there were the toys...

Now, maybe if I were jacked-up on something stronger than a cup of decaf I could bridge the gap in all these parts, but every time Fran would hit 'Play' on his DVR I'd look at all 43" of 1080i and think "I'm not feeling it...".

Don't worry though: I feel the same way about a lot of the stuff that's come out in the last five or ten years, and sequels and remakes generally don't cut it for me.

Tohoscope said...

All I know was I was fully ready to be let down by Speed Racer and hate it. But I didn't. And none of the bright colours or the cgi intruded or bothered me. And if you're gonna hate on the movie because of bright colours? You'll have to hate on a crapload of brightly designed Technicolor movies like, for example, The Wizard of Oz, because that movie is filled with dayglo colours, too. So your color argument doesn't wash with me. What, are you one of those kids who won't watch Black and White movies because they aren't in colour?

Did you actually watch the whole damn movie? Sober? Because none of your arguments can take away from the basic things underneath all those CGI colours. The characters and the story are cut exactly from the TV shows. The cues, the dialogue, the cars, the races, the villains are all straight outta the old shows. And even the bright colours are right out of the show.

I don't get you man.

DVC said...

Faithful live action renditions of cartoons can be done, no doubt about it. And come to think of it, Dororo and GeGeGe no Kitaro were both Japanese productions weren't they? Maybe I have an issue with western re-makes (I doubt it).

But no worries, mang : )

Someday I'll play Wachowski Speed back-to-back with YatterMan and move beyond my CGI and color palette issues.