Astro Boy (1963)

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Astro Boy (1963)

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The 1963 black-and-white version of Astro Boy was the first anime to cross the Pacific and penetrate American television. It was highly successful as it drew the highest ratings at that time. It was taken off the air in 1966 as it completed its 104-episode run (193 episodes in Japan), having lost its popularity due to it not being in color and having "depressing" and violent themes and story lines.
However, in 1980, Astro Boy was reborn in Japan and was brought back to North America in 1982 with a 51-episode color series (52 episodes in Japan).
All 104 episodes of the original 1963 series which aired in the United States are now available on DVD.

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    After decades of laying dormant in American pop culture, the first big screen production Astro Boy will come to theaters in the United States on Oct. 23, 2009. Astro Boy has been to Japanese culture what Mickey Mouse is to America's -- except even more influential. Since it's debut as a manga comic book created by cartoonist and animator Osamu Tezuka in 1951, Astro Boy has sparked deep interest in the man-machine relationship and done much to inspire Japan's unique expertise in the field of robotics.

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