free outdoor screening of astro boy/gigantor/voltron!

If you're in Los Angeles, here's a really fun way to spend a summer evening. Wanna watch some cartoons? This weekend, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and Visual Communications present a trio of classic Japanese anime films under the stars at the JACCC's Noguchi Plaza -- Astro Boy, Gigantor and the original Japanese unedited version of Voltron!

As if that wasn't cool enough, the Voltron episodes will have their soundtracks remixed live by a trio of DJs. Heck, bring the whole family. Admission is totally free to the public and there will be concession stands. Feel free to bring your own beach chairs, blankets and beach balls. Details:
The JACCC and Visual Communications present:

Defending the universe for the last half a century: A triple screening of our favorite robots Astro Boy, Gigantor and Voltron!

June 26, 2009, 7:30pm

FREE Outdoor screening on the JACCC Plaza!

DJ's Rani D, Akaider, and Refine!

Door prizes! Bring a blanket!
- Franken's Vegan Hot Dogs
- All American Softy | Coffee & Pretzels
- Sushi Poppers

ASTRO BOY (1963)
English version

The mother Japanese animation, Astro Boy was the first anime series to be broadcast on TV in Japan. The story follows the adventures of a heroic robot named Astro Boy which originated from the manga of the same name, created by legendary Tezuka Osamu.

English version

Set in the "future" year of 2000, Gigantor is the story of a young boy named Jimmy Sparks who lives with his uncle Dr. Bob Brilliant on a remote island. With the help of a huge remote controlled robot named Gigantor, Jimmy fights crime around the world. Gigantor is the American adaptation of the Japanese anime and manga series Tetsujin 28-go by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

Appearance by Fred Ladd (original producer and writer for Astro Boy and Gigantor [U.S. Versions])

Original unedited Japanese version, with live soundtrack by DJ's Rani D and Akaider.

A team of five young pilots command five robot lions, which when combined form Voltron. In this undefined future era, the Voltron Force was in charge of protecting the planet Arus (ruled by Princess Allura) from the evil King Zarkon (from planet Doom), his son Lotor, and the witch Haggar, who would create huge Robeasts to terrorize the people of Arus.
"And I'll form the head!" Come on, it sounds like a damn good time, right? For some, it'll be a blast from the past, for younger folks, it'll be an introduction to some true animation classics. The DJ soundtrack remix thing alone should be reason enough to come out. For more information about the screening visit the JACCC website here.

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