Astro Boy

Astro Boy

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Director: David Bowers

Cast: David Bowers, Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage

     
 

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A young robot with incredible powers, super strength, and the purest spirit on the planet discovers the joys of being human while embarking on a worldwide journey to discover his true potential in this animated update of Osamu Tezuka's classic anime story. Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is a young robotSee more details below

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A young robot with incredible powers, super strength, and the purest spirit on the planet discovers the joys of being human while embarking on a worldwide journey to discover his true potential in this animated update of Osamu Tezuka's classic anime story. Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is a young robot from futuristic Metro City. Created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage), and powered by pure positive "blue" energy that gives him such abilities as x-ray vision, inhuman speed, and flight, the wide-eyed android longs to find his true place in the world. He sets out on an epic journey that brings him face to face with an underworld army of robots and some of the strangest creatures ever to walk the Earth, and along the way learns to experience human feelings and emotions. Astro Boy's remarkable mission of discovery is suddenly cut short, however, when he learns that his friends and family back in Metro City are in grave danger. As Astro Boy prepares to face off against his greatest adversary in order to save everything he cares most about, he realizes that only through victory will he finally discover what it takes to be a hero.

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The plot of Astro Boy might sound a little dark for a kid's movie -- it's got death, robots, and implied class warfare -- but somehow, the end result is a rollicking good time. That kind of makes sense when you remember that this film is based on an anime. And in that peculiar way that Japanese animation has cornered the market on mixing seriously grave themes with super-dazzling cuteness, Astro Boy manages to glide past the implications of its own sometimes grim material and wow you with its wild action sequences alone. The movie's also got heart -- or at least a glowing blue core of volatile, concentrated energy. But despite what sounds like an insanely heavy backstory, the movie doesn't strive for the kind of heartbreaking poignancy and emotional gravity of Pixar fare. The premise is that in the distant future, society has relocated to a floating metropolis called Metro City -- or, rather, the upper crust of society has. The poor are stuck on the earth's surface (along with the world's misfits, runaways, and other outsiders), where the Metropolites dump their junk. It also happens that people have come to rely completely on robots to do all the dangerous, menial, or otherwise crappy work in their hovering utopia. Thus, we're introduced to Toby (Freddie Highmore), the spunky and brilliant young son of an important research scientist in the field of robotics, Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Tenma is demonstrating an über-powerful new energy source called Blue Energy for an evil military bigwig named General Stone (Donald Sutherland) when Toby's insatiable curiosity lands him in the middle of an experiment gone wrong. The kid is killed in the accident (which we don't actually see), and his dad is devastated. So much so that he takes the Blue Energy nugget from the lab and uses it to create a super-powerful android version of his deceased son -- complete with all of the boy's memories, and jet rockets that can shoot out of his feet. But soon, Tenma realizes that the android can't replace his son and freaks out on his creation. The boy is forced to set out on his own, falling in with a ragtag group of orphans who live down on the surface, and discovering his own true self -- renaming himself Astro. Meanwhile, his new friends don't know he's a robot, General Stone wants to hunt him down and steal the orb illuminating his animatronic chest, and his dad is coming around to the idea he can love Astro as his own person. If that all sounds kind of gloomy, try thinking about the fact that in most sci-fi, when robots get treated this way, they rise up and cause the apocalypse. Even still, Astro Boy rarely feels scary, or even somber; in fact, sometimes the story feels downright standard. It's undeniably solid, though, and definitely a fun time -- no matter how humorless it sounds on paper.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2010
UPC:
0025192058493
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
41,974

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Freddie Highmore Astro Boy
Kristen Bell Cora
Nicolas Cage Dr. Tenma
Bill Nighy Dr. Elefun,Robotsky
Nathan Lane Hamegg
Donald Sutherland President Stone
Eugene Levy Orrin
Ryan Stiles Mr. Moustachio
Madeline Carroll Widget
Matt Lucas Sparx
Charlize Theron Voice Only,"Our Friends" Narrator
David Bowers Mike the Fridge
Elle Fanning Grace
Samuel L. Jackson Zog
David Alan Grier Mr. Squirt
Alan Tudyk Mr. Squeegee
Dee Bradley Baker Trashcan
Moisés Arias Zane
Bob Logan Stinger One
Newell Alexander General Heckler
Sterling Beaumont Sludge
Sofia Bowers The Little Stinker

Technical Credits
David Bowers Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert Anich Editor
Jim Bolt Sound Mixer
Desmond Chan Production Manager
Maryann Garger Producer
Timothy Harris Screenwriter
Timothy Hyde Harris Screenwriter
Todd Homme Musical Direction/Supervision
Francis Kao Executive Producer
Cecil Kramer Executive Producer
Linda Lamontagne Casting
Sefine Leung Production Manager
Tony Matthews Production Manager
Samuel Michlap Production Designer
John Ottman Score Composer
Jane Poole-Graenitz Costumes/Costume Designer
Jake Rowell Art Director
Ken Tsumura Executive Producer
Elliot Tyson Sound Mixer
Pepe Valencia Cinematographer
Paul Wang Executive Producer
Emerald Wong Production Manager

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Scene Index

Two all-new animated sequences: astro vs the junkyard pirates; Inside the recording booth; Designing a hero; Building metro city; The rrf in: the new recruit; Astro Boy image gallery: creating a global icon; Getting the Astro Boy look

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