On Astro Boy

Time for you to sing along with the video. And for those (like me) who don’t know the words, here’s your cue card.

There you go, Astro Boy! On your flight into space!
Rocket high, through the sky, for adventures soon you will face!
Astro Boy, bombs away, on your mission today!
Here’s the countdown, and the blastoff! Everything is go, Astro Boy!
Crowds will cheer you, you’re a hero, as you go, go, go Astro Boy!

This post is for my wife who enjoyed Astro Boy. Meanwhile, I confess not only never watching one episode, heck, I never heard of him until she mentioned him to me years ago.

Astro Boy was a robot in a world co-existing with humans

He found crime, evil, and injustice of robot-hating humans, rogue robots, and aliens

The head of the Ministry of Science created Astro Boy; Dr. Astor Boyton II (English version) or Doctor Tenma (Japanese version)

Professor Ochanomizu noticed Astro Boy performing in a circus

Astro Boy features included

  • Powerful search light eyes
  • Magnified hearing
  • Finger lasers
  • Ability to transform arms and legs into rockets
  • Machine gun hips

First appeared in Japan as a comic book published in 1952, then broadcast in Japan on January 1, 1963

Osamu Tezuka, influenced by American animators as Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, created the series and characters

104 of the original 193 episodes translated in English, which NBC broadcasted from September 1963 to August 1965

Cartoon Network broadcasted the first 52 episodes in 2007 and 2008

Here’s a 3+ minute video history of the Astro Boy franchise

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That’s about it for Astro Boy from me. Enjoy the trailer and the words for your sing-a-long – which also includes a second verse

There you go, Astro Boy! On your flight into space!
Rocket high, through the sky, for adventures soon you will face!
Astro Boy, bombs away, on your mission today!
Here’s the countdown, and the blastoff! Everything is go, Astro Boy!
Crowds will cheer you, you’re a hero, as you go, go, go Astro Boy!

Astro Boy as you fly, strange new worlds you will spy!
Atom-celled, jet propelled, fighting monsters high in the sky!
Astro Boy, there you go; will you find friend or foe?
Cosmic ranger, laugh at danger! Everything is go, Astro Boy!
Crowds will cheer you, you’re a hero, as you go, go, go Astro Boy!

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68 thoughts on “On Astro Boy

    • Debra,
      Hey hey … an Astro Boy follower, and at least someone verifying that my wife didn’t make this up. Did you sing along to the videos? :) … Meanwhile, maybe I should always post the lyrics! Thanks for commenting.

  1. Frank,
    I loved this post. It reminded me of my 8yr old son, who one day came home, and wanted me to discover Astro Boy, his new favourite hero. It was endearing.
    Le Clown

  2. I kind of remember maybe but than again I’m not really sure. I enjoyed learning the history of the cartoon also the sing a long. I think Navar was surprised when her heard me singing. :+)

  3. I’ve been aware of AstroBoy for years, but never had a chance to watch, up here in the Great White North. Canadian TV boffins decided that we didn’t need American programs on our limited number of channels, feeding us instead, The Friendly Giant.

  4. Have never been into cartoons … they have never clicked any of my nerves. But the rest world loves them and why not. Have heard about Astro Boy and I think your post is fantastic – you have really digged for facts and information.

  5. I was vaguely aware of Astro Boy via my fannish ties to the Japanese animation style called “anime”. I did catch the recent big-screen treatment with Nicholas Cage as Tenma. The movie is actually pretty good, and stands well on its’ own.
    A good one from the dusty archives!

  6. I’m not sure when I became aware of Astro Boy, but I don’t recall watching his cartoon when it was broadcast on NBC in the 60s. It must have conflicted with some other show I preferred. Thanks for the back story Frank!

  7. In the mid 1960s my father bought the first TV I had ever seen that had a UHF circular antenna and the UHF tuner. Previously in Philadelphia all you got were channels 3, 6, and 10 . Suddenly we had snowy channels 17, 29, and 48 . They had children’s hosts on these channels, Wee Willie Webber( Bill Webber ) and Captain Philadelphia( Stu Nahan ) . Later on I saw Stu Nahan as one of the sportscasters in the first 2 Rocky movies . Astro Boy was one of the cartoons on these channels . I much preferred the cartoon 8th Man, which was also a super robot, just slightly more realistic .

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