The very first anime ever produced, Osamu Tezuka's (KIMBA, THE WHITE LION / HI NO TORI / METROPOLIS) original 1963 - 1964 ASTRO BOY delighted children around the world with its touching stories and compelling characters. In the U.S., many will remember this popular children's series which aired on TV during the 1960s.
Now, this groundbreaking series returns for the first time ever in a stunning new collector's edition that includes the first 52 episodes of the original black and white series as seen in the US, restored to pristine detail, and featuring never-before-seen footage and brand new exciting extras.
The original boy-robot with 100,000 horsepower strength and courage! In the year 2000, Dr. Boyton creates a super-robot in his deceased son's image. He calls the robot Astro Boy. Astro Boy can swim oceans, leap over mountains, even fly into space on his own power. However, Astro Boy can't replace his son; Dr. Boyton becomes dissatisfied with the boy robot and disowns him. Astro Boy is befriended by Dr. Packadermus J. Elefun of the Institute of Science, who guides him through his adventures. Endowed with super strength, rocket-powered flight, a selfless heart and a kind demeanor, Astro Boy fights a never-ending crusade against the forces of evil!
This ultimate Astro Boy collection is perfect for both retro enthusiasts and adults who were delighted by the series' touching stories and compelling characters during its 1960s TV broadcast! Contains DVD Set 1 (episodes 1-52), PLUS a special collector's booklet, and an entire DVD full of extra bonus material, including part 1 of an interview with series producer Fred Ladd!
DVD Features: The first 52 episodes of the original 1963 Astro Boy series, fully restored; Part 1 of an interview with series producer Fred Ladd; Original Japanese Episode 1 (with English subtitles); Original Character Art Gallery; Merchandise Gallery; A Collector's Booklet featuring "The History of Astro Boy"; an Osamu Tezuka biography, and much more!
Spoken Languages: English.
*Episode #09 - Exec. Producer Shawne Kleckner discusses Ultra Editions
**Episode #52 ,#53 & #82 - Interview with Fred Ladd, pioneering TV producer & director