First Look: Imagi's Gatchaman and Astroboy Posters
If you saw the CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie this year, then you're already familiar with the work that Imagi Animation Studios does. Following the somewhat success of that film, Imagi has lined up two new features that for have captured my interest. The first is an adaptation of a Japanese TV show titled Gatchaman that TMNT director Kevin Munroe is directing. The second is a feature film version of the Japanese cult cartoon series Astroboy. Both of these feature incredibly detail poster artwork worth checking out!
Both Gatchaman and Astroboy were both picked up recently in a joint deal by Warner Brothers and The Weinstein Company for distribution. Both films have a budget of $40 million and are aiming for release sometime in 2009.
Featuring some of the most ambitious action sequences ever seen in animation, Gatchaman is set in a future world grappling with environmental and technological issues. The story focuses on five reluctant heroes whose remarkable genetic code makes them Earth's only hope of defeating extra-terrestrial invaders.
We brought you some news and updates on Gatchaman back in March from an interview with Kevin Munroe. It's been rather quiet since, as I expect Kevin and his team are in pre-production. Here's the poster artwork courtesy of Collider who received it directly from Imagi.
Astroboy tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he lost. Our hero journeys to find acceptance in the human world and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction.
Both of these look great but they're not even complete CGI. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of what Imagi can produce as well as Kevin Munroe's next directorial effort.