As the news machine for the new year slowly gets into gear we have smattering of news items about 'Astro Boy', 'Afro Samurai', 'Batman: Brave and the Bold' and 'The Spirit'.
Malaysian news site The Star Online goes behind the scenes with the computer animators at Imagi for the inside scoop on how they designed the new look for 'Astro Boy' for the upcoming CGI movie.
Apparently a major sticking point for the estate of creator Tezuka Osamu was the size of the boy robot's butt.
"By request, we needed to have a fuller rear and we added a control where we could control the size of his bum," says Tim Cheung, Imagi’s vice president of animation.
The curvy figure is part of the Kawaii styling of the original character and the original lean designs were part of an attempt to make the character look a little less cute.
"He has really big eyes and curly lashes and we had to make him less feminine in some way," explained Cheung.
The new Astroy Boy is older (roughtly like a 12 year old rather than a 6 year old) and wears more clothing than the original. The article elaborates on the creative process on the process between Imagi and the Osamu estate in redesigning the character.
Also revealed: Japanese audiences will get to see a 3D version of the film.
Spike TV has unveiled its upcoming programming slate. Upcoming is the return of Takashi Okazaki sword swinging hero in 'Afro Samurai: Resurrection'.
The show will enjoy a two-hour movie premiere on Sunday, January 25 (10:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT); Encore airings of the movie will air in four half-hour installments beginning Friday, January 30(1:30 - 2:00 AM, ET/PT).
Samuel L. Jackson returns in "Afro Samurai: Resurrection," a two-hour all new original movie sequel to Spike TV's critically-acclaimed, funktastic animated series with music provided by The RZA. When his father's body is stolen from its grave, Afro is forced to pick up his sword and wreak bloody vengeance against an army of deadly foes led by Sio, a beautiful and sadistic mastermind played by Lucy Liu.
Cartoon Network has posted the latest episode of the super-jazzy 'Batman: Brave and the Bold' on their website.
"Day of the Dark Knight" features an opening gag with the Green Lantern Corp, and then follows Batman and the Green Arrow into medieval times where they encounter Morgan le Fey and Etrigan the demon. The who aired on Friday January 2nd. Hit the link to watch the entire episode in four parts...
'The Spirit' did not recover from the critical pounding and poor Christmas weekend opening. Frank Miller's stylish but scattered adaptation of Will Eisner's comic has fallen from the top 10 in its second week going from #9 to #13, according to box office reports.
The film took in another $3.27 million to bring its total domestic gross up to nearly $17.8 million.
The only comic-based movie faring worse this year was 'Punisher War Zone' which was pulled from theaters after only a few weeks, and earned about half as much money. Both films were produced and distributed by Lionsgate.