TOYS: Tezuka Productions names Diamond Comic Distributors its preferred partner for international distribution
Press Release Retailers, fans and collectors outside of Japan have long desired a central source for getting the fabulous merchandise based on the titles from Tezuka Osamu, whose substantial output and innovative techniques earned him the revered reputation as the “father of the manga format.”
Summit Entertainment has announced Astro Boy will see a North America release on Friday, October 23, 2009. Astro Boy’s all-star cast features the voices of Academy AwardÂ®-winning actor Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role. David Bowers (Flushed Away) is directing Astro Boy from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris (Trading Places, Kindergarten Cop), with Maryann Garger producing. The company will push the film hard, as the CG-animated movie will land on 3,000 screens. via Summit Entertainment
If you are in love with Kristen Bell’s voice, then you’ll want to head down to the theater when the CG-animated Astro Boy movie arrives in 2009.Â Bell, along with Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Freddie Highmore, Nathan Lane, and Eugene Levy will retell Japan’s favorite robot franchise of all time for American audiences. via Variety Why yes, there are more pictures of Ms. Bell after the jump.