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The shows & films that made Britain fall in love with anime

24 March 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Marine Boy and Thundercats to Cities Of Gold and Akira, we look at the TV shows and movies that introduced the UK to Japanese anime

One evening in 1994, the BBC screened a documentary simply called Manga. Presented by Jonathan Ross, it showcased the rising popularity of Japanese animation, largely focusing on the output of Manga Entertainment, whose dubbed VHS releases had made a huge impact on anime fans and caused a certain amount of consternation among the mainstream press.

For British viewers, the anime boom took a long time to arrive. In America, Japanese shows like Kimba The White Lion, Gigantor and Astro Boy were a common sight on television in the 1960s, yet it took until the late 70s and 80s, and a string of European-Japanese co-productions, before anime finally began to find a hold on UK television.

As a youngster at the time, I didn't necessarily know »

- ryanlambie

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Yes, That's Space Mountain in the New Poster for 'Tomorrowland'

6 March 2015 5:48 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's no secret that around here, we're very excited about "Tomorrowland," Brad Bird's new action adventure outing starring George Clooney and loosely based around the land of the same name that can be explored in Disney parks worldwide. What the literal connection between the movie and the "land" remained vague; mostly the connection is spiritual. This is, after all, about that utopian promise that Walt Disney and similar futurists envisioned for the human race. But this new poster, released ahead of a brand new trailer (set to debut on Monday), makes that connection more concrete.

If you look at the poster and look directly to the left of the small, overall-wearing character on the left (initially we thought that this was Raffey Cassidy's young robot character Athena, but it appears to be a child version of Clooney's Frank Welker, played by Thomas Robinson) amidst the glittering skyline is a distinct and memorable building. »

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