Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gigantor - Boxed Set 1 |
Actors: Ray Owens, Billie Lou Watt, Peter Fernandez, Gilbert Mack, Sonia Owens
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Late baby boomers and early Gen-Xers grew up singing the Gigantor theme song: "Bigger than big / Taller than tall / Quicker than quick / Stronger than strong." Based on a 1956 manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Gigantor was a... more »
One of the Greatest Cartoons of All Time
madnessmark | Maple Grove, MN | 11/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the success of Astro Boy in both Japan and the United States, a new anime series was born. It's name was Tetsujin 28 or Iron Man 28. In 1965, it came to the states under the name Gigantor. Now, for the first time in 37 years, you can re-live the experience that drew a crowd of many children.Despite the age of the material, Gigantor is quite amazing. At first, it sounds pretty simple. A 12-year-old boy named Jimmy Sparks pilot pilots a giant robot to help catch the bad guys. However, each episode has enough plot twists and action to keep any viewer glued to the screen. Following Jimmy Sparks on his adventures are other characters with odd names including Bob Brilliant, Inspector Blooper and Dick Strong. Even the villains have odd names like Cats Meow and Swami Tommy.Keep in mind that this show was distributed before TV stations started having censorship laws so don't be surprised when you see someone smoking a cigarette. Also, there is one episode where Jimmy Sparks helps a bunch of cowboys by shooting at some indians so you might be offended by some of the racism in these episodes. My only problem with this show is the music. It sounds good, but do they always have to put the same melody into each song?The extras (yes, there are extras) are on discs 1 and 4. The first disc features commentary by the original English director, Fred Lad, on episodes 3-5 which feature the villain The Spider. Lad mostly talks about how four voice actors did all these voices, but he does make some comments on how he Americanized it and why some changes were made. The extras on disc four include a lengthy interview with Fred Lad, an interview with an old anime historian (I don't know why they included this) and a biography on the original Japanese creator. I enjoyed the interview with Fred Lad since he has done lots of research on Tetsujin 28 including the sequels to it, but the anime historian interview feels like stating the obvious to all anime fans.Overall, I enjoyed Gigantor and I think anyone can appreciate it, regardless of the fact that it is in black and white. Highly recommended."
Rock'em Sock'em Robots?
Ronnie Clay | Winnsboro, Louisiana | 10/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who wouldn't want a remote control towering machine that's as big as a skyscraper, flies, fights and can do anything you want? I recall his cartoon being played on Sci-fi weekday mornings after Robotech. It was originally a black & white comic called Tetsujin 28 or Iron Man 28 turned to cartoon series "Tetsujin 28-Go," the animation similar to Astroboy. Eventually it became "Gigantor" a few years later. The plot consist of a young boy, Jimmy Sparks controlling the huge robot Gigantor Dr. Brillant created the robot, and acts as a mentor for Jimmy."
J. S. Parlow | 08/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A little strange at first but after a while you warm up to the big metallic guy! I'm new to G but my wife's a gigantic fan (ha!)and the quality of these DVDs is exceptional. Enjoy!"
The Original Robot
Beres | USA | 12/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So many animated movies are based on 60s shows. Before there was a Lion King there Kimba. Before there was Iron Giant there was Gigantor--bigger than big :) This is great stuff and brings back memories of sitting in front of the B/W TV drinking chocolate milk."