You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Japan’s Tezuka Respins ‘Astro Boy’ For Africa

TOKYO — Tezuka Productions, the maker of the pioneering TV cartoon series “Astro Boy” has remade its signature show for the African market.

Tezuka has partnered with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV to make eight 15-minute episodes dubbed into French and other languages. Test broadcasts will begin on March 22.

Called “Robot Atom” in its English version, the show will feature Atom and other characters, both human and robot, in Robot Town. The target viewership is kids six and under.

Japanese animation producers are searching for new markets now that their export numbers have been hit by piracy and lower birth rates in the West and elsewhere. The recent retirement of anime maestro and B.O. king Hayao Miyazaki has strengthened the impression that the Japanese animation industry’s best days are behind it. But Africa, where a baby boom is still underway, is seen as offering a ray of hope.

Tezuka launched Japan’s first animated TV series, “Astro Boy,” in 1963. The show was later remade three times for the Japanese and Western markets, but the new remake is the first for a non-developed country.

More TV

  • Wowow Acquires ‘The Good Doctor’ for

    Wowow Acquires ‘The Good Doctor’ for Japan

    TOKYO — Tezuka Productions, the maker of the pioneering TV cartoon series “Astro Boy” has remade its signature show for the African market. Tezuka has partnered with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV to make eight 15-minute episodes dubbed into French and other languages. Test broadcasts will begin on March 22. Called “Robot Atom” in its English […]

  • IT Crowd

    NBC Developing 'IT Crowd' Remake With Original Series Creator Graham Linehan (EXCLUSIVE)

    TOKYO — Tezuka Productions, the maker of the pioneering TV cartoon series “Astro Boy” has remade its signature show for the African market. Tezuka has partnered with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV to make eight 15-minute episodes dubbed into French and other languages. Test broadcasts will begin on March 22. Called “Robot Atom” in its English […]

  • Hasan Minhaj

    TV News Roundup: Hasan Minhaj Joins NBC's 'Champions' in Guest Role (EXCLUSIVE)

    TOKYO — Tezuka Productions, the maker of the pioneering TV cartoon series “Astro Boy” has remade its signature show for the African market. Tezuka has partnered with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV to make eight 15-minute episodes dubbed into French and other languages. Test broadcasts will begin on March 22. Called “Robot Atom” in its English […]

  • Sony's Tony Vinciquerra: Disney-Fox 'Creates Opportunities'

    Sony's Tony Vinciquerra: Disney-Fox 'Creates Opportunities'

    TOKYO — Tezuka Productions, the maker of the pioneering TV cartoon series “Astro Boy” has remade its signature show for the African market. Tezuka has partnered with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV to make eight 15-minute episodes dubbed into French and other languages. Test broadcasts will begin on March 22. Called “Robot Atom” in its English […]

  • Mayweather McGregor fight

    Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor Fight Is Second Biggest Pay-Per-View of All Time

    TOKYO — Tezuka Productions, the maker of the pioneering TV cartoon series “Astro Boy” has remade its signature show for the African market. Tezuka has partnered with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV to make eight 15-minute episodes dubbed into French and other languages. Test broadcasts will begin on March 22. Called “Robot Atom” in its English […]

  • What Disney Bought in the Fox

    What Disney Bought: A Billion-Dollar Breakdown of Assets

    TOKYO — Tezuka Productions, the maker of the pioneering TV cartoon series “Astro Boy” has remade its signature show for the African market. Tezuka has partnered with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV to make eight 15-minute episodes dubbed into French and other languages. Test broadcasts will begin on March 22. Called “Robot Atom” in its English […]

  • Actor Dustin Hoffman poses for photographers

    Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor, Assaulting Two Women (EXCLUSIVE)

    TOKYO — Tezuka Productions, the maker of the pioneering TV cartoon series “Astro Boy” has remade its signature show for the African market. Tezuka has partnered with Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV to make eight 15-minute episodes dubbed into French and other languages. Test broadcasts will begin on March 22. Called “Robot Atom” in its English […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content