I was skeptical of the first movie under Sam Rami due to the changes they were making, but it turned out to be pretty damn good and even relatively faithful despite the changes they made. I’m also skeptical of this new movie, but if the trailer is anything to go by then it may also be pretty damn good and faithful to the source material. Which is really quite the feat when you think about it.
Osamu Tezuka’s story about an atomic powered robot boy, Tetsuwan Atomu, was first published in manga form in Japan in 1952. The animated series, considered by many to be the birth of anime as a distinct form of animation, aired in Japan from 1963 until 1966, just a year before I was born. It was revived in the 1980’s as as Shin Tetsuwan Atomu, known elsewhere as Astroboy, and again in 2003. I can remember seeing it in re-runs at various points in my life and it remains a fond memory from my childhood.
Now an American made CGI movie is coming out in October. The trailer for it looks halfway decent:
If they don’t mess with the original story too much this should be pretty good. Of course it’s been awhile since I last saw the series so my recollection of the original story may be a little fuzzy.
I can remember all the way back to 1975 and seeing Disney’s Escape to Witch Mountain in the theater. I was seven years old at the time it came out in March of that year. I don’t remember a whole lot from that age, but I definitely remember that movie because I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I so wanted to be like the kids in that movie that I had dreams about it for weeks to come. I can also vividly remember the sequel, Return from Witch Mountain, which came out three years later. The fact that I loved both movies as a kid shows that my critical thinking skills still had a ways to go as watching the films today I can see a lot of flaws in them, but they still hold a special place in my memories of childhood.
So it goes without saying that I was intrigued to find a trailer for the remake titled Race to Witch Mountain:
I know you can’t judge a movie by its trailer, but I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that my inner-7 and 10 year-olds are totally geeking out over that trailer.