News Archive: 2009
- 12/12/2009 French Tezuka editions nominated for Angouleme awards
- 11/1/2009 Article by Fred Schodt in Japan Foundation's Breeze issue #39
- 10/30/2009 Weekly Astro Boy manga magazine on US iPod distribution
- 10/23/2009 New Astro Boy CG movie opens, ranked 6th in the US ($7 million gross opening weekend) but #1 in China. Reviews:
- 10/21/2009 Sci-fi Block article on Astro Boy
- 10/13/2009 Sci-fi Block interview with Fred Schodt
- 10/01/2009 Freer and Sackler galleries to host month-long Tezuka Film Retrospective, with panels and showings each weekend, starting Nov. 13th into December; speakers include Fred Schodt, Natsu Onoda Power & Helen McCarthy
- 09/14/2009 New Phoenix Statue unveiled
- 08/30/2009 1959 Live Action Astro Boy to have limited edition Japanese DVD release
- 08/25/2009 US film studios interested in MW and Kirihito
- 07/20/2009 USA Today article on the new Astro Boy movie
- 11/18/2009 Tezuka iPod free magazine to include Black Jack and Phoenix as well as Astro Boy
- 11/17/2009 New York International Children's Film Festival to screen rare Tezuka Films
- 11/11/2009 Metropolis movie streaming free on Crackle
- 11/10/2009 Freer & Sackler Tezuka Retrospective website up with free downloadable selections from the Tezuka books by Fred Schodt, Helen McCarthy and Natsu Onoda Power, and an original essay by Ada Palmer, "Film is Alive: the Manga Roots of Osamu Tezuka's Anime Obsession".
- 11/9/2009 Natsu Onoda Power's long awaited book, God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga released
05/07/2009: Tezuka Pro reports that rumored new animated versions of Buddha & Princess Knight are not official
05/05/2009: Mushi holds contest to select translator for Wonder Beat Scramble TV to be hosted subbed online; future online translation projects may include Princess Knight & Dororo.
04/20/2009: The Official Tezuka World Web Page now direct links here to TIE, making us their official English language fan site partner. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to get the site to this stage.
04/18/2009: New US CG Astro Boy movie trailer posted
02/25/2009: CG Astro Boy movie back on track
02/13/2009: Plans for Pluto movie discussed as English Pluto edition is released.
Urasawa in an interview mentioned negotiations going on in Hollywood to create US film version. Whether the project would be CG or live action is unknown.
02/15/2009: 2nd 20th Century Boys movie opens at #1
Second live action adaptation of internationally acclaimed series by the "successor to Tezuka" Naoki Urasawa.
02/2009: Words Without Borders celebrates graphic novels this month, with online comics.
Site hosts titles including the Black Jack issue "Tetsu of the Yamanote Line" provided by Vertical, and a manga account of artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi's first encounter with Tezuka a from his memoir A Drifting Life.
02/04/2009: New Astro Boy CG movie images posted
Images show cityscapes, combat, characters
01/26/2009: New Kimba special planned for Summer 2009
Latest adaptation of Tezuka classic.
01/15/2009: More details were announced soon afterward that funding to continue production came through quickly.
First of three 20th Century Boys movies has had no other US release to date. While not based on a Tezuka work, Urasawa's manga is heavily influenced by Tezuka, and he is the author of the Astro Boy adaptation Pluto.
Experimental film does not have Tezuka officially on its staff but is a product of the experimental adult animation spearheaded at his studio. In Japan Belladonna was recently re-released in a pack with Tezuka's Cleopatra and Arabian Nights films. It has had no other US release.