Osamu Tezuka, or should I say Doctor Osamu Tezuka? Where do i begin?? His name invokes so many fond memories of my youth watching shows and reading his manga, If it wasn’t for him..i wouldn’t be doing what I do now. Where do I start?? We been sitting on this movie for quite sometime, and a few months ago, I just chance on finding this in my collection. And brush it off to review this. After watching it. I hurry up and called Shockwave to view this. And you know Shockwave went head over heels! And said what are you waiting for? let’s subbed it..!! Well I hesitate, for a second…cause this is the work of Osamu Tezuka, My idol! And I hold him very dear. But after some convincing from the Staff ..all of us got into this. Here a insert from a site I look up on the background of this movie…
I Am Son Goku: The Osamu Tezuka Story. Tezuka Osamu Monogatori: Boku wa Son Gaku August 27, 1989. 70 minutes, 10:00 p.m. to 11:25 p.m. Directors: Rintarō, Masami Hata. Development: Kuniaki Yamashita, Rintarō, Masami Hata. Character design: Osamu Tezuka (classic characters), Yoshiyuki Momose, Norihiro Matsubara. Music: Haruhiko Maruyama.
This is listed on almost all anime websites as the 12th Tezuka Pro movie for the Love Will Save the Earth NTV telethons. But Yoshimi Suzuki of Tezuka Productions says that this really means that it was part of NTV’s 12th annual telethon in 1989. There were no animated TV movies at all during the 1987 and 1988 telethons.
Osamu Tezuka intended for this to be a new science-fiction version of the Chinese Monkey King legend that he created as a newspaper manga during the 1950s, I Am Son Goku, and as Toei Doga’s Alakazam the Great theatrical feature in 1960 and Mushi Pro’s Goku’s Big Adventures TV animated series in 1967. But Tezuka unfortunately was hospitalized and died during the early planning stage, in January and February 1989. His staff at Tezuka Productions turned it into a combination of that and a tribute to him. The first half is Tezuka’s idealized biography as a young boy, from his interest in insects (mushi) which gave him his childhood nickname, his professional pseudonym, and the name of his first studio; through his seeing the Chinese animated feature that created his desire to become an animator, and the World War II years. The second half is his s-f version of the Monkey King legend, set in 3010 A.D. I Am Son Goku: The Osamu Tezuka Story was the final Tezuka Pro TV special. Tezuka was dead, and whatever agreement he had with Nippon Television was ended. Let’s just hope that Osamu Tezuka is smiling and looking down at all his fans! And to the fans out there that supports us we thank you for continuing enjoying this site…so fasten your seat belts and enjoy!
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