Reports of the death of Imagi Studios may have been exaggerated. Last time we looked at the studio’s CGI animated updating of Gatchaman, it seemed like it might be our last look, as the studio was facing financial difficulties and shutdown.

But Imagi’s doors are open again and work proceeds on Gatchaman. Now there’s a new teaser that looks better than anything we’ve previously seen from the film, in part because it is a lot closer to the original anime. Read More »


Of all the animation properties from the ’70s and ’80s that have been targeted for remakes and updated feature versions, the only one for which I feel the least bit of nostalgia is Gatchaman. It was seen in the US in heavily edited and reworked form as Battle of the Planets, which was designed to appeal to kids as, essentially, a combination of elements from Star Wars and Marvel Comics. And, for me, the worked. (Granted, at age 8, I wasn’t the most discerning audience.)

I wasn’t very choosy when the show was originally broadcast, but Gatchaman is still fun. You’ve got teenagers with high-tech watches that called forth wild bird-themed costumes, a ship called the God Phoenix (or just the Phoenix in the US) that can activate a mode that literally changes it into a bird of fire, and plenty of bizarre foes.

Imagi Studios, the same outfit behind the recent CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, was in production on a Gatchaman feature before the LA office of Imagi was shut down last year. A production trailer has been leaked that shows the best look yet at what the studio was doing with the title. It may be the most we ever see from this incarnation. Read More »