Production has begun on an all-new Astro Boy animated series. Unlike the prior shows, Osamu Tezuka’s lovable robot isn’t being handled by Japanese animators. French companies Planet Nemo Animation and Something Big are partnering up with Tezuka Productions for Little Astro Boy, a new series aimed at preschool audiences that’ll have 52 eleven minute episodes.
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Production began in April ahead of its full blown start in June. Animation work is scheduled to go beyond February of next year. Virgile Trouillot handled the character designs and serves as the creative director. No release window has been set, but the show might be able to launch in 2018. The Weinstein Company will distribute Little Astro Boy internationally.
Despite their French roots, this series is independent of the Astro Boy Reboot project. It’s also unrelated to the earlier Little Astro Boy series produced in 2014 by Tezuka Productions in association with Nigerian animators, which was dubbed into English by Azur Productions in Vancouver, Canada. However, given the demographic similarities between the two, it’s hard not to think that 8 episode series might have been a test run for this show.