Universal Developing PLUTO Into Live Action/CGI Hybrid Film

I know nothing about Pluto other than every time I go to a party at Bergen Street Comics someone will invariably ask if I read Pluto and when I say I don't they will freak out and start talking wildly about how great Pluto is and eventually they start to sound like the adults in the Peanuts cartoons.

But it is on my radar of books to check out.

In the meantime, Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment and Tezuka Productions are teaming up to bring Pluto to life on the big screen as a live action/CGI hybrid film.

This is somewhat surprising considering that Pluto is, as far as I can tell, an update and modernization of Astro Boy. And Astro Boy had a film adaptation last year that was a pretty spectacular box office bomb.

[You can check out my review of the first volume here. — Paul]



  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:


    Better than Watchmen. s’all I’m sayin’. 

  2. Yes I loved it!

    On an unrelated note, I have a sudden desire to punch one Mr. Montgomery in the face!

  3. I haven’t read it, but I love Urasawa’s work.  If you liked this, you should check out Monster (the anime or the manga).

  4. I haven’t read the original Astro Boy but I have read Pluto.  Pluto is definately an adult themed book that involves politics, racisim, and religion whereas Astro Boy was sold as a children’s movie.  Pluto would work better as an Avatar-type movie that can entertain but have underlying themes.

  5. this is awesome! Please though, no panel by panel adaptation! let’s see something new and different.

  6. what the hell is Pluto?! i saw the article headline and i thought they were making a film on the Marvel character!?!?!

  7. What about Pluto the Disney dog? I want a movie for him.

  8. @devildog Well, Astro Boy does have a lot of the same themes that Pluto has (since Pluto was based on the Astro Boy story, "The Greatest Robot on Earth), but Pluto is much more complex and mature. I have read many of the original Astro Boy stories. Some stories are more serious and talk about problems such as drugs and racism while others are just fun entertaining stories. They’re aren’t as mature and complex like Pluto (since they were made for kids), but if you like entertaining stories with some meaning to them, I’d check them out.

    I’m happy to see Pluto make the jump to the screen. I loved Urawsawa’s take Osamu Tezuka’s (the creator of Astro Boy and God of Manga) story. Urawsawa did a great job developing some chracters who weren’t as developed as other ones (Gesicht, Mont-Blanc, North #2, Brando) and adding some new elements to the story. Still, Urasawa kept to the original spirit of the Astro Boy manga and the social problems it tried to tell to kids. It say’s a lot from being a big fan of Osamu Tezuka’s work and even knowing the ending from reading the original that Urasawa still surprised me and moved me.

  9. Never heard of it

  10. Also have never heard of it…

  11. I thought id the cartoon dog.

  12. Making a movie out of a comic that was already so cinematic seems almost redundant. Still, it’s a great story so what the heck.

  13. ?? I’ll see if the libraries got it.  Manga is off my radar for the most part.

  14. NICE!  I’ve only read the first volume so far, but it was pretty damn tremendous.  Urasawa is a beast.

  15. Added a link to my review of volume one up top. 

  16. it was funny when pluto raged most bloody war with chip n dale !

    gooey, gorey…. 

  17. Its soooooo good! My favourite manga hands down.

  18. Not a big fan of manga but this is a great series. The iFanboy review convinced me to give it a try a couple of months ago and I was blown away by it.

  19. Ok, who cried when the truth about Gesicht past is revealed?

  20. @ muddi900 it definetely had its emotional moments. Such a beautiful piece of work.

  21. Ok, does anyboy know where to find decent wallpapers for this series?