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Ladd, Fred. Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas: An insider’s view of the birth of a pop culture phenomenon. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2009. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-3866-2
BibTeX citation key: Ladd2009a
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Keywords: "Astro Boy", Animation, Comic book industry, Distribution, Japan, Production, Randformen des Comics, Tezuka. Osamu, TV, USA
Creators: Ladd
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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The first generation of American television programmers had few choices of Saturday morning children’s offerings. That changed dramatically in 1963 when a Japanese animated television series called Tetsuan Atom was acquired for distribution by NBC. Fred Ladd adapted the show for American television and—rechristened Astro Boy—it was an overnight sensation. Astro Boy’s popularity sparked a new industry importing animated television from Japan. Ladd went on to adapt numerous Japanese animated imports, and here provides an insider’s view of the creation of an ongoing cultural and media phenomenon.

Table of Contents

Harvey Deneroff: Preface (1)
Fred Ladd: Preface (5)

1. Astro Boy: Japan’s Tetsuan Atom Lands in New York and Starts the Anime Tsunami (9)
Meeting American Tastes • How Tetsuan Atom Became Astro Boy • Producing the Pilot • Dodd’s Due Diligence • Synced Up • Kids Don’t Count Cels, the Play’s the Thing • And We Added an Opening Theme Song • “S’all right! S’all right” • Adapting and Dubbing • Television Animation 1963: Climate of the Times

2. A Trip to Japan (30)
Osamu Tezuka. Osamu Tezuka. Who’s Osamu Tezuka? • From Printed Ideogram to Spoken Dialogue • A Happy Countenance • The Next 52

3. Tetsujin 28 and 8th Man (41)
8th ManGigantor • Thoughts from the Twenty-first Century

4. Quixotically Comes Kimba (49)
But, the Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men … • Outline for Jungle Emperor • Footnote to History: Kimba versus Simba—The Uproar

5. Mighty Mushi: The Decline and Fall (65)
ACT Now • “Where Do We Go from Here?”

6. More from Mushi (72)
Wonders 3 (W3) • Vampire • Dororo

7. Marine Boy and Astro Boy (76)
Marine Boy: Risky but Rewarding—For Some • Speed Racer: The Big One That Got Away

8. A Cinderella Process: Turning Black-and-White Animation into Color (79)
1968: Year of Color-Added Breakthrough • Then, Gigantor? • Land of Morning Calm • Then, Gigantor?

9. Those ’70s Shows 88
Battle of the Planets: Anime from Out of the Blue! • Anime: REanimated? Old Testament Tales and G-Force • Was Anime REanimating? • As with Moses, a Second Chance • Hold On There, Son—Not So Fast! • A New Gigantor

10. Sailor Moon (99)

11. ANIMEnia! The “New” Industry Blooms—Overnight! (103)
Television Corporation of Japan (TCJ) • Tatsunoko Production • Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS) • Toei Doga • Only from Japan! • Other Places, Other Faces • The Pokémon Phenomenon

12. Boy Meets Giant Robot (122)
Benign by Design • Battle Bots • The “Boy” Angle • At Last! A Giant Robot with a Brain (Not Just Another Pretty Faceplate) • Go Getta Giant

13. Religious, Not Litigious (128)

14. Speaking of Dying … (131)

15. Tezuka on Tezuka, Yokoyama on Yokoyama (134)
What’s So Funny about Names?

16. Samurai on Cels (138)

17. Mars: Gateway to Anime? (140)
Timing Is Everything • Big World, Little Adam

18. Homogeneous? Yes. Bisexual? (145)
Curious Yuki

19. Giants among Giants (148)
Osamu Tezuka • Chiaki Imada • Comics Are Manga, Animation Is Anime • Hayao Miyazaki • Katsuhiro Otomo

20. Other Giant Robots I Have Known (154)

21. OVA + VHS + DVD = Home Video (157)
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s ULTRAMAN!

22. Fandom of the Anime (162)
Anime Is Big Business • Anime Fandom: An Interview with Fred Ladd

23. Anime Today: Where It Is, Where It’s Heading (169)
Anime: Where It’s Heading • Bleach, Inu Yasha, Oban Star-Racers, Trigun • Japanese and Korean Meet at the Egyptian • How Many Tezukas Work in Seoul? • Afterthoughts That Linger Long (… and Will Not Go Away) • Full Circle

24. What Hath Tezuka Wrought? (189)

Appendix 1: Milestones on the Anime Highway (191)
Appendix 2: Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions (194)
Index (201)
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