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- Movie: The Echo of Astro Boy's Footsteps
- Japanese: アトムの足音が聞こえる
- Director: Tominaga Masanori
- World Premiere: May, 2011 (Jeonju International Film Festival)
- Release Date: May 21, 2011
- Runtime: 82 min.
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©
In order to understand this documentary with the title meaning ‘The Echo of Astro Boy's Footsteps,’ one must first know about Ohno Matsuo who was in charge of the sound effects in the all-too-familiar TV animation Astro Boy. Ohno Matsuo was born in 1930. His first work involved theater sound effects, then he worked for Toei Studio and NHK Broadcasting, showing promising talent. Ohno Matsuo was one of the first to show interest in Stockhausen‘s electronic sound. He raised an uproar in the Japanese sound effect community, only intent on creating primitive sound effects like wind at the time, when he announced that "I am not interested in creating sounds that already exist" and started introducing electronic sounds. In particular, the sound effects that he created for the TV series animation Astro Boy launched in 1963, gained attention with its footsteps and flying sound effects. He successfully described the characters' personalities with his sound effects. However, he refused to be tied down to one place and was vocally opposed to the reality where sound effects staff were placed in the lowest rung of the staff hierarchy. Ohno Matsuo wanted to be called a "sound designer" and became angry when he did not get his demands met. -- Jeonju International Film Festival
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