Astro Boy is Getting a Reboot. Here’s the trailer!

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So the last couple of weeks, this video has been making the rounds on the interwebs. Apparently, French studio Caribara Animation, Monaco studio Shibuya Productions and Japanese studio Tezuka Productions are all teaming up to produce a reboot of the famed Astro Boy series, giving the new show the obvious title, Astro Boy Reboot.

Astro Boy is no stranger to telling and retelling. After the initial 1960’s adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga, two additional animated series were produced, one in the 80’s and one in 2003. There was also a CG movie in 2009. Nicholas Cage was a mad scientist, which wasn’t as entertaining as that sounds.

The funny thing about Astro Boy is that, even though he’s considered a quintessential icon of Japanese animation, he’s never gotten a lot of love from here in the states. Maybe this more westernized direction will catch on? Anyway, this looks interesting. I like the art style and the music is just beautiful. I’ll keep my eye on this one.

What do you guys think? Is this a good direction for Astro Boy to go? Sound off in the comments.

Something to Watch: “2014 Movie Trailer Mashup”

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Wow… You guys need to see this.

A YouTuber by the name of The Sleepy Skunk has just put out his latest mash-up, cobbling together clips from literally hundreds of movie trailers that came out this year. I haven’t taken the time to confirm, but this video takes probably has a clip from every studio release of 2014! Take a look!

See what I mean?! If there’s a movie from this year that you loved, it’s probably in here. If there’s a movie from this year that you hated, it’s probably in here, too. Either way, this is one of those things that makes me take a step back and think about the big picture.

Because, no matter what you enjoyed or despised this year, this compilation shows me just how far we’ve come in filmmaking. And the fact that we, the audience, get to observe and celebrate this powerful art form at it’s strongest point yet is pretty incredible. So whether you’ve seen one movie this year, or too many to count, stand tall and stand proud. We’re moviegoers and this is our time!

If you want to see more videos from The Sleepy Skunk, you can find him here.