Paris-based animation studio Caribara Animation has unveiled a teaser of its reboot of the iconic Japanese character Astro Boy, aptly titled Astro Boy Reboot. Twenty-six half-hours of the 2D/CG hybrid series are currently in production:
The teaser was directed and designed by Florian Thouret, who was co-art director and assistant director of the French feature The Suicide Shop (Le magasin des suicides). Mickael Crouzat animated the piece. Crouzat, who was also a key animator on Despicable Me and Ernest & Celestine, shared his teaser pencil test on Vimeo:
Caribara is co-producing the series with Monaco-based Shibuya Productions and Japan’s Tezuka Productions. While the show will be based on Osamu Tezuka’s beloved manga creation, who is known as Mighty Atom in Japan, the upcoming French series will have a new storyline as well as new characters. No word yet on whether any U.S. broadcasters will air the show.