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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.

Director:

David Bowers

Writers:

Osamu Tezuka (manga), David Bowers (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... 'Our Friends' Narrator (voice)
Freddie Highmore ... Astro / Toby (voice)
Ryan Stiles ... Mr. Moustachio / Burning Robot (voice)
Eugene Levy ... Orrin (voice)
Nicolas Cage ... Dr. Tenma (voice)
Donald Sutherland ... President Stone (voice)
Bill Nighy ... Dr. Elefun / Robotsky (voice)
David Alan Grier ... Mr. Squirt / Math Cowboy / Boxer Robot (voice)
Alan Tudyk ... Mr. Squeegee / Scrapheap Head / Stinger Two (voice)
Newell Alexander ... General Heckler (voice)
Bob Logan Bob Logan ... Stinger One (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker ... Trashcan (voice)
Kristen Bell ... Cora (voice)
Moises Arias ... Zane (voice)
Sterling Beaumon ... 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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Built for Adventure See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [China] | See more »

Country:

Japan | Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Astroboy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,702,923, 25 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,548,064, 17 January 2010
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

French Waiter Robot: Table for one. Smoking or non-smoking?
Burning Robot: Smoking. I'm smoking. I'm definitely smoking!
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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 Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Marching Down the Field
Composed by Harry Edwards
Courtesy of APM Music LLC
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disappointing reimagining
10 October 2009 | by it_livesSee all my reviews

I loved the 1982 TV series, and I should point out that I was a teenager (15) when that came to Australia. It was one of the seminal influences that helped my own development as an animator. I've never seen the original 60s B&W show, but I understand it is more or less the same story line.

My problem with the new movie is that it not only takes great liberties with the story. No longer taking place in Tokyo, but in a bizarre floating island/city called 'Metro-city' (Inspector Gadget?) that cruises above the trash strewn surface-world. The story has been 'kiddified' it to an extent that I don't think Tezuka would have liked.

While Astroboy has always appealed to young kids it has also maintained a maturity that ensures longevity and resonance, this version is more difficult for an adult or older teen audience to connect with, which is disappointing to say the least. If I had encountered this at the age of 15 I would not have had too much regard for it other than a throwaway bit of animation to tide me over till the next Pixar release.

Which is how I feel about it now I guess.

Sure there are some cool moments, but not enough of them. And designwise, there's one robot in particular who seems to be far more influenced by the work of Miyazaki than Tezuka. As a background throwaway reference that's fine, but this character is integral to the movie.

The modelling and animation is competent, not in the same class as Pixar, but not bad. It's a pity the work seems to have been outsourced to China, I didn't see one Japanese name in the animation credits, which seems like a pity.


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