Planet Nemo’s Astro Boy series gets new name
Late last year, we provided an update on Planet Nemo’s Little Astro Boy. Now, here’s another: the France-Japan co-production has been retitled to Go Astro Boy Go! The 52 x 11-minute series aimed at preschoolers is still scheduled to debut sometime in 2019. The new title may be a way for Planet Nemo and Astro Boy-creator Tezuka Productions to disassociate this series from the seemingly unrelated 2014 Little Astro Boy anime.
If you’re unfamiliar with the new project, here’s a recap:
The eco-systems of planet Earth are endangered. Lucky for us, a super-powered robot boy is flying to rescue! astro in on a mission to help anyone anywhere in the world with a problem involving natural phenomena. Go little Astro Boy ! GO !
Production on the new series began in the Spring of 2017. Virgile Trouillot handled the character designs and serves as the creative director. Go Astro Boy Go! will be available in English, French and Japanese. The Weinstein Company had originally signed on to distribute the series internationally, though it’s difficult to know the status of that agreement after the company’s bankruptcy and subsequent rebirth as Lantern Entertainment.
The new series is the latest entry in Tezuka Pro’s initiative to create more international versions of Astro Boy. As previously mentioned, in 2014 the company launched Little Astro Boy with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV. Additionally, Astro Boy Reboot is in development with companies from France, Monaco and Japan. Since debuting as a manga authored by legendary artist Osamu Tezuka in 1952, the Astro Boy property has generated over $2.6 billion in retail sales and has inspired multiple earlier animated adaptations.