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Astro Boy -- Rejected by his scientist father, a young, super-powered robot embarks on a personal journey before he returns home to save his hometown of Metro City.
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Astro Boy -- Rejected by his scientist father, a young, super-powered robot embarks on a personal journey before he returns home to save his hometown of Metro City.
Astro Boy -- Rejected by his scientist father, a young, super-powered robot embarks on a personal journey before he returns home to save his hometown of Metro City.
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Osamu Tezuka (manga)
David Bowers (story)
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Release Date:
23 October 2009 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
David Bowers 
Writing credits
Osamu Tezuka (manga)

David Bowers (story)

Timothy Harris (written by) (as Timothy Hyde Harris) &
David Bowers (written by)

Produced by
Pilar Flynn .... line producer
Maryann Garger .... producer
Francis Kao .... executive producer
Cecil Kramer .... executive producer
Ken Tsumura .... executive producer
Paul Wang .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
Pepe Valencia 
Film Editing by
Robert Anich  (as Robert Anich Cole)
Casting by
Linda Lamontagne 
Production Design by
Sam Michlap 
Art Direction by
Jake Rowell 
Costume Design by
Jane Poole 
Production Management
Brad Arensman .... post-production supervisor
Kathy Cavaiola .... production supervisor (Script/Recording) (as Kathy Cavaiola-Hill)
Desmond Chan .... production manager
Greg Emerson .... production supervisor
Sefine Leung .... production manager
Romney T. Marino .... production supervisor
Tony Matthews .... production manager
Charlie Sweitzer .... production supervisor
Emerald Wong .... production manager
Art Department
Brian Beppu .... visual development artist
Jun Falkenstein .... storyboard artist
Alex Hillkurtz .... storyboard artist
Elizabeth Ito .... storyboard artist
Kevin Johnson .... head of story
Mark Lefitz .... visual development artist
Donald Reich .... visual development artist
Scott Seeto .... visual development artist
Nicolas Weis .... visual development artist
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Tim Atkins .... original dialogue mixer
Paul Aulicino .... supervising foley editor
James Bolt .... sound mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Mike Chock .... sound effects editor
Ryan Cole .... recordist
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor (as Daniel Hegeman)
Thomas Jones .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Michael Kalifa .... audio layback technician
Roy Latham .... original dialogue mixer
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer
Ronnie Morgan .... sound assistant
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
George Simpson .... sound effects editor
Carlos Sotolongo .... original dialogue mixer
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Tim Walston .... sound designer
Larry Winer .... original dialogue mixer
Visual Effects by
Robert Burden .... visual effects
Brooks Campbell .... matte painter
Desmond Chan .... supervising technical director
Lan-Fang Chang .... senior technical director
Yan Chen .... visual effects supervisor
Thomas R. Dickens .... concept artist / modeler
John Dillon .... motion graphics artist
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Joseph Lam .... senior lighting artist
Shun Sing Edward Lee .... senior lighting supervisor: IMAGI Studios
Jimmy Leung .... effects artist: Imagi Studio
Daniel Li .... fx td: Imagi Studio
Wai Kwong Lo .... lighting technical director (as Ken Lo)
Patrick Paul Mullane .... matte painter
Kino Scialabba .... matte painter
Jesse Silver .... lead matte painter
Marlon Sutherland .... senior lighting artist
Waikit Wan .... assistant cg supervisor
Don Wong .... assistant cg supervisor
Sheung Leung Yeung .... visual effects artist
Animation Department
Stuart Allan .... layout artist
Lorenzo Russell Bambino .... final layout lead
Lorenzo Russell Bambino .... rough layout
Dominic Bisignano .... layout artist
Roger Borelli .... visual development artist
Pablo Calvillo .... layout artist
Lai Lok Chau .... supervising animator
Tim Cheung .... head of animation
Kathy Kit Ying Choi .... character animator
Jon Finch .... CG designer
Will Finn .... storyboard artist
Maximilian Graenitz .... animator "Our Friends The Robots"
Luis Grané .... character designer
Marianne Hayden .... layout artist
Earl A. Hibbert .... senior layout artist
Andreas Hikel .... senior layout artist
Jakob Hjort Jensen .... animation director
Jakob Hjort Jensen .... supervising animator
Wong Joe .... supervising animator
Yanni Ko .... animator
Yung Ting Lam .... character animator
John Lee .... layout artist
Matt Lee .... layout artist
Paul Ming Tak Lee .... animator
Randy Link .... animator
William Maurer .... production supervisor: animation production
Seyed Alireza Meraji .... lead animator
Kim Ooi .... animation director
Kevin Scharff .... layout artist
Hock Wong .... layout artist
Chun Wing Vincent Yu .... animator
Yuen-Ki Yu .... animator
Michael Zavala .... story coordinator: Imagi Animation Studios
Adam Holmes .... layout artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
James Ahern .... digital intermediate editor
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor
Anthony Durazzo .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Adam Hawkey .... digital intermediate colorist
Tiffany Hillkurtz .... second editor
Michael John Koetter .... software engineer
Peter Mayer .... digital intermediate producer
Ray Hansel Morales .... production supervisor
John Venzon .... additional editor
Music Department
David Arch .... musician: piano
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt .... viola
Thomas Bowes .... orchestra leader
Andrew Crowley .... musician
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Kristopher Gee .... additional arrangements
Rick Giovinazzo .... supervising orchestrator
Amanda Goodpaster .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Larry Groupé .... additional orchestrator
Dave Hage .... score librarian
Todd Homme .... music supervisor
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Lewis Jones .... score assistant engineer
Jo Ann Kane .... copyist
Kevin Kliesch .... additional orchestrator
Jason Livesay .... additional orchestrator
Frank Macchia .... additional orchestrator
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
Charlotte Matthews .... assistant orchestra contractor
Jenny O'Grady .... choirmaster
Sam Okell .... assistant mix engineer
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Roxana Pope .... score assistant engineer (as Roxy Pope)
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Patrick Savage .... musician
Jeffrey Schindler .... additional orchestrator
Jeffrey Schindler .... conductor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Casey Stone .... music engineer
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Casey Stone .... score recordist
John Ashton Thomas .... additional orchestrator
Bruce White .... viola
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Joe Zimmerman .... music preparation
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation (uncredited)
Other crew
Carly Berezin .... production coordinator
Lan-Fang Chang .... technical director
Itzzia Cohen .... marketing coordinator
Michael Davison .... assistant: Nicolas Cage
John Christian de Leon .... technical director
Zeba Fahid .... production accountant
Brett Feeney .... vice president of production
Lawrence Gan .... assistant to executive producer
Maximilian Graenitz .... title designer: end credits
Jono Hirsch .... assistant production accountant
Mary Howie .... layout production assistant
Danny Johnston .... first assistant production accountant
Tim Kwan .... production coordinator
Michael Lachance .... story consultant
Zachary Lam Wing Ho .... system engineer
Victor Lew .... technical director
Maude Lewis .... production executive
Bianca Margiotta .... production coordinator
Volney McFarlin .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Christina Miller .... executive assistant: executive producer
Stephen Martin Paull .... executive assistant: Maryann Garger (as Stephen Paull)
Jake Rowell .... title designer: main title sequence
Yoshihiro Shimizu .... creative consultant
Mark Tarbox .... production executive
Macoto Tezuka .... creative consultant
Peter John Vaughan .... technical director
Rejean Bourdages .... thanks
Erik Feig .... special thanks
Anthony Stacchi .... special thanks

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Rated PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language
94 min
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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 »
Continuity: Astroboy's hair-spikes change position from left to right and vice versa throughout the whole movie.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
He Was Made Ready (And, Hey! That Ain't All!), 21 September 2013
Author: Dalbert Pringle from New Zealand

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With its emphasis on recyclable cuteness, reusable cleverness, and regenerated CG wizardry, I would never go so far as to say that I hated Astro Boy - But, then again, I could never, ever say that I loved it, either.

If you were to actually take the time to watch the original, 2-D Astro Boy cartoons from the mid-1960s, I'm sure, like myself, that you'd most likely find them to be much more entertaining and, yes, even more thoughtful then this senseless rehashing of the tale of a wide-eyed, pointy-haired, robot boy who (under the surface of his apparent innocence) was essentially a lethal, all-powerful, one-man, destructo-machine that was not to be challenged or provoked into action.

It really made no sense to me why, after the real Toby Tenma was killed (due partly to his dad's own inability to protect him), Toby's father, the master scientist, Dr. Tenma, in wanting to re-create his now-dead son, decided to add all of the elaborately designed, over-the-top weaponry, and such, to this pint-sized, mechanical boy.

And, after Dr. Tenma got his beloved boy back (thanks to Blue Core radiation), he then wastes no time in rejecting this fabulous creation of his as though it were nothing but a piece of disposable trash.

Amongst all of the many explosions and scenes of mass destruction that took place in this pretentiously innocent, little movie it, pretty much, contained every robot/superhero movie-cliché in the book, and then some.

On top of that, I found Astro Boy's story borrowed heavily from the basic themes of other films such as - Wall-E, The Iron Giant, David & Goliath, Peter Pan, Frankenstein, Transformers, and The Incredibles - to name but a few.

And, so, when you take all of this apparent lifting of ideas into consideration, there was virtually nothing new or original to be found in the entirety of Astro Boy's recycled and predictable story.

This film reached the absolute nadir of its intended humor when, in the middle of battle, Astro Boy bent over, forwards, only to find, to his astonishment (and my puzzlement) two miniature-sized, retracting machine guns projecting from out of his butt.

Ho-Hum! Like, give me a break, already!

Was Toby's crackpot, scientist father really that much of a major moron as to make his replicated son's butt cheeks lethal weapons? I mean, that, to me, was just so unfunny and moronic that it managed to reduce Astro Boy to the level of being nothing but a big cannon for stupid fart jokes.

And, finally - I found it really irksome that the pointy-ness of Astro Boy's hair kept changing sides on his head whenever he appeared in another scene.

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