Thursday, August 07, 2008

New Gatchaman CG movie

I first saw Gatchaman when I was a child, when it was aired here under the name Battle of the Planets. For some reason all the good cartoons were shown in Arizona--Battle of the Planets, Speed Racer, Johnny Quest. I thought my cousins were pretty lucky. I watched plenty of TV at home, so I don't think I missed anything. (Though I remember one of them, not sure which one, was being shown on a local affiliate that was not in the area, or too early in the morning.) Well, at least I got to see Star Blazers and Robotech in California. Yes, I was very much a TV addict when I was young. Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers... I didn't care much for Electric Company. Lots of Scooby-Doo, and the other cartoons that American children grew up with. I also saw some episodes of shows that had been syndicated--Bionic Woman, The Rookies, SWAT, The Six-Million Dollar Man, Hart to Hart, Charlie's Angels... plus shows being aired for the first time, like Battlestar Galactica. I think I even saw a couple of episodes of Wonder Woman. And then there were the Planet of the Apes movies. (Unbelievable that I grew up in the latter half of the 70s. I don't remember much of the 70s at all, besides the clothing. The 70s in Calfiornia didn't really resemble the 70s I see reflected in TV and movies, but I was just a child, so I wasn't exposed to all of it. Maybe L.A. was closer to the 70s than the Bay Area, but I just remember the house we lived in and the stairs, not much else. Though my mother has stories of us riding the bus and me eating hot dogs.) With the 80s came the sitcoms, but there were plenty of other shows as well--Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King. I could keep on going. Having grown up with the television, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that I have a rather strange sort of nostalgia for TV shows. No doubt someone could write a psychology paper on this phenomenon. (A transfer of affection from real people to fictional characters?) Just yesterday I saw that the DVD set for the last two seasons of Remington Steele was available and I was tempted to watch it, since I never got to see the series finale...

Anyway, my cousins and I all thought Princess was hot.

It appears that the studio producing the new Gatchaman movie is following the lead of Final Fantasy, Appleseed and some other recent movies and using computer animation. Twitch: Three New Screen Shots for Imagi’s GATCHAMAN.

What's happened to Tatsunoko?

wiki on Science Ninja Team Gatchaman and the OAV

Battle of the Planets (G-force)

Compare with the original Japanese opening:

Okay, this is rather sad:

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