Astro Boy Collection 2
Following the wonderful collection that was released by Madman, Astro
Boy Collection 2 completes the next instalment of the 1980 series and
once again follows Astro Boy, a robot boy who was created in the year
quick recap of the story, Astro's creator Dr. Boynton based him on his
son Toby who died in a car accident and as the loss was too much for
him, he created a robot to replace him. Unfortunately although Astro was
sentient, he was not like Toby and when he made a mistake, he was sold
to a ruthless circus operator until he was rescued by Dr. Elefun, a
Containing 26 episodes from this delightful cartoon series about a
robotic superhero, the series was quite insightful and was also a social
commentary about racism and alienation which mirrored the real world. Of
course, many of these themes were missed by younger viewers as the
action of giant robots and runaway trains was too exciting to miss.
Although some people in 2030 considered robots just machines, Astro's
family was fleshed out more in the second series which features his
sister Uran and his two robotic parents. Of course, Astro has a
"brother" called Atlas who makes another appearance in collection
although he despises humans, our young her manages to change his ways.
Needless to say, Atlas proved to be a great nemesis for our hero.
biggest difference in collection 2 of Astro Boy is still heavily focused
on action, however family is the main theme. Best of all, those classic
guest stars return such as Daddy Walrus and the big nosed Dr. Elefun.
though this current series was created in the 80's, the video and audio
quality is rather acceptable and like the previous disc, hearing that
famous Astro Boy theme again brought back a wealth of great childhood
memories. This is one collection that is great for young and old alike
and is the perfect stepping stone into this magical mythology that has
produced countless pop culture toys and even a new movie in 2009.