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Astro Boy - Teaser Trailers 1 and 2

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I'm not often surprised when it comes to anime-to-movie adaptions. I've usually heard rumors and watched the build-up for years before release, but for once, I didn't see this one coming at all.

AstroBoy.JPGAstro Boy, literally the first Japanese anime TV series, first aired in the 60s. For the last decade, there was always the vague notion that an Astro Boy movie should be made, but I hadn't heard of any production actually moving forward. Then, to my shock, as I was hunting down new previews, I was presented with a two full teaser trailers and an October '09 release date! Not only is it being made, but it's well into production!

Preview: 9

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9_movie_image.jpgBefore I go any further, If you have about 10 minutes, watch this amazing animated short on youtube.

Notice the credits. Take that number of people, then add to it the budget of a Focus Features film, then multiply it all by the push of Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted), all of which then get an exponential marketing boost by the voice talents of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer.

What does that equal? This trailer (after the jump), which is just the tip of the iceberg for 9, the movie...

Up!

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Honestly, Pixar could stamp their name onto just about anything and rest assured millions of people will flock to see it. They now enjoy the rarest and most highly coveted level of name recognition that only Disney animation in its prime has wielded, and it shows in their previews. Thanks to the Super Bowl, we were treated to a teaser trailer for Pixar's next up and coming movie, Up.

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