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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 overview, first billed only:
'Our Friends' Narrator (voice)
Astro / Toby (voice)
Orrin (voice)
Dr. Tenma (voice)
President Stone (voice)
Dr. Elefun / Robotsky (voice)
Mr. Squeegee / Scrapheap Head / Stinger Two (voice)
General Heckler (voice)
Bob Logan ...
Stinger One (voice)
Trashcan (voice)
Cora (voice)
Zane (voice)
Sludge (voice)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£3,378,087 (UK) (26 February 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1999, Sony Pictures Entertainment purchased the film rights to Astro Boy from Osamu Tezuka Productions, intending to produce a combination live-action/animatronics/CGI feature film alongside Jim Henson Productions originally slated for a Christmas 2000 release, with Eric Leighton (Dinosaur) attached to direct. This came to no result, and in June 2004, Leighton was replaced with accomplished animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory (1996), Samurai Jack (2001)) with a scheduled 2007 release. However, some time after this announcement was made, Tartakovsky left the film to produce The Dark Crystal (1982)'s sequel, The Power of the Dark Crystal, also for Jim Henson Productions. See more »


Despite being subjected to incredible stresses of "tractor beams" and multiple direct missile and cannon hits, Astro's ordinary clothes aren't damaged. At worst, they get a little bit dirty. See more »


Astro Boy: [to Dr. Elefun] You know, I tried to find my place in the world. I - I thought I found it, but I guess fitting in can be a lot more complicated than it seems, huh?
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, a card stating "When in Hong Kong, visit Imagi Studios" The art is the same classic style as the opening, with a tram touring a back lot. This is much like what Universal studios did at the end of their films. See more »


References The Fifth Element (1997) See more »


Marching Down the Field
Composed by Harry Edwards
Courtesy of APM Music LLC
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An entertaining animation
15 March 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a top robot scientist, who copes with his sons death by building a high tech robot to replace his son.

I find "Astro Boy" very well made. It has got an engaging and exciting plot with plenty of action. There are also plenty of emotional elements to touch people's hearts. The leading character, Toby, is well portrayed. he is such a good boy with a sad background. It is easy to sympathise with his situation, making viewers connect with him and hence be engaged by the story. Visuals are great as the sets are vibrantly composed, making every scene a joy to watch. "Astro Boy" is a fun film to watch. Both kids and adults will all be entertained by it!

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