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Astro Boy (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Family  |  23 October 2009 (USA)
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When an android replica of a boy is rejected by his aggrieved creator, he goes off to find his own identity in an adventure that would make him his time's greatest hero.

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Cast

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'Our Friends' Narrator (voice)
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Astro / Toby (voice)
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Orrin (voice)
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Dr. Tenma (voice)
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President Stone (voice)
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Dr. Elefun / Robotsky (voice)
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Mr. Squeegee / Scrapheap Head / Stinger Two (voice)
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General Heckler (voice)
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Stinger One (voice)
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Trashcan (voice)
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Cora (voice)
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Zane (voice)
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Sludge (voice)
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Storyline

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,702,923 (USA) (23 October 2009)

Gross:

£3,378,087 (UK) (26 February 2010)
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Trivia

Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" are referenced a few times throughout the film. They are first mentioned when the RRF are introducing themselves to Astro. The laws, paraphrased, are as follows: 1) A robot may not harm a human being, or through inaction, allow a human to come to harm. 2) A robot must obey orders given it by a human being, as long as doing so does not conflict with the First Law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not interfere with the First or Second Law. See more »

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Marching Down the Field
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Refreshing Change
29 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This tackles animation in a different way from a lot of the past recent animated films.

It is a beautifully crafted piece with a great and crisp finish to the feel, movement and enjoyment of the film.

Touching in places with good characters. More of a serious cartoon with fewer laughs than found in typical animated films.

It is a good light introduction to Manga although there are many types of Manga animation styles. This is built up using a multitude of emotions, felt by all the main characters and filtering a few layers down giving it a very real world feel despite it being shown in the future.

It is not hard to imagine this almost being a real possibility for the future. However, you can still feel the fantasy of it. With that you can draw between the lines and see how this could have been done on the flip side, turning it into a bright, fun, funny and cutesy too feel good extended cartoon.

Good for all ages and fans of animation. A big screen treat. I will am very much looking forward to the BluRay release.


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