Imagi Animation Studios is dancing in celebration right about because two of their feature films, Gatchaman and Astroboy have been picked up by The Weistein Company and Warnes Bros.!

Gatchaman, scheduled for release in early 2009, originated in Japan in the early 1970s as the television series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.

Gatchaman is set in a future world struggling with environmental and technological issues. The story focuses on five heroes whose genetic code makes them Earth’s only hope of defeating invaders.

Astroboy was created by Osamu Tezuka, in the early 1950s. The animated television series first aired in 1963 in Japan. In the U.S., it quickly became a top-syndicated children’s show.

Scheduled for release later in 2009, the new Astroyboy feature tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Astroboy journeys to find acceptance in the human world, and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction.