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Astro Boy (2009)

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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 the greatest hero of his time.

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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)
Bob Logan ...
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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23 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$19,548,064 (USA) (15 January 2010)
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson only speaks eleven words in the entire movie: "I'm old school", "Not just people", "The blue stuff", and "No biggy". See more »

Goofs

The number of reporters waiting for president Stone near the end of the movie keeps changing from 11 to 16 between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Elefun: Everybody has their destiny, Toby.
Astro Boy: Didn't you hear him? I'm not Toby.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Daniel Goffey, Gaz Coombes and Michael Quinn
Performed by Supergrass
Used by permission of EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Amazingly BETTER than expected
17 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just came from an advance screening of Astroboy where I dutifully took my kids at 10 am to watch "this" thinking that if I was lucky I would be able to doze off for a few minutes during the movie. Boy, I couldn't! The story was captivating from the beginning. Yes, it was very directed at kids, you know, the far off humour and such, but when I saw Toby, the genius' "kid", I felt that the movie was after all NOT just a Pinocchio rip-off where an old man made a robot-boy because he was bored or lonely... the reasons behind the creation of Astroboy were tragic and even mature. Of course, if you are a manga aficionado, you may be thinking "duh! that's how's supposed to be", but I am NOT. I barely watched a show now and then when I was a kid (I'm 36 years old... too young for Astroboy), so I wasn't really aware of the story. So I thought, well, this development has to be a fluke inherited from the original story, from then on it should go downhill... but it did NOT. The story is full of tragedy, though decisions that if you think them through you can even understand (like a father understanding that memories cannot truly replace his son), and redemption that may be obvious to superheroes experts, but are very well exposed to a new generation of kids that will witness a clear fight between good and evil (positive and negative forces) adorned with an excellent and adequate portion of comedy. Not just a kid's movie, but a movie that I will surely watch again when my kids "force" me to buy it and to watch it with them dozens of times. Go, Astro!


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