Astro Boy (1980s)

1980 NR 1 season

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Astro Boy (1980s)

1980 NR 1 season
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Anime superhero Astro Boy jets through the galaxies fighting for truth and justice in this colorful 1980s version of Osamu Tezuka's classic manga series. Abandoned by his father, the extraordinary robot with a heart of gold joins forces with Dr. Elefun to save humankind from all manner of evil. This collection includes all 51 episodes, the first installment of the 1960s series, deleted scenes, storyboards, character profiles and more.
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Summary of Season 1 (1980) - 8 discs

Anime superhero Astro Boy jets through the galaxies fighting for truth and justice in this colorful 1980s version of Osamu Tezuka's classic manga series. Abandoned by his father, the extraordinary robot with a heart of gold joins forces with Dr. Elefun to save humankind from all manner of evil. This collection includes all 51 episodes, the first installment of the 1960s series, deleted scenes, storyboards, character profiles and more.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
  • Mari Shimizu
  • Hisashi Kachita
  • Masako Sugaya
  • Kazuo Kumakura
  • Takeshi Kuwahara
  • Michiru Hojo
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Reviews

age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic 1960s anime series (which inspired the 2009 movie) follows the exploits of a highly advanced robot with amazing powers but a childish perspective on the world. The action is pretty standard for a superhero series aimed at kids, with Astro Boy easily defeating a wide variety of giant robots, aliens, monsters, and more. Expect plenty of fighting and explosions, but there's no blood or injuries. The show's view of family is more complex; Astro Boy's creator built the childlike robot to replace his own son who was killed in a car crash, and the young hero needs a father figure to figure out his place in the world.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.

Violence

Plenty of animated superhero action, as Astro Boy battles aliens, giant robots, tanks, spaceships, and many other foes. There are laser blasters, cannons, explosions, and lot of super-strength fistfights.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

The series has very simple perspectives on good and evil, and the bad guys (or bad aliens, monsters, and robots) always get what's coming to them. The show also has a more nuanced view of family relationships; Astro Boy's genius scientist creator built the powerful robot largely as a replacement for his own son, who died in a car accident, and the robot needs a father figure to help him find his place in the world.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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