Astro Boy

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Special Features

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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: 3/16/2010
  • UPC: 025192058417
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,535

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Freddie Highmore Voice Only
Kristen Bell Voice Only
Nicolas Cage Voice Only
Bill Nighy Voice Only, Voice Only
Nathan Lane Voice Only
Donald Sutherland Voice Only
Eugene Levy Voice Only
Ryan Stiles Voice Only
Madeline Carroll Voice Only
Matt Lucas Voice Only
Charlize Theron Voice Only, Voice Only
David Bowers Voice Only
Elle Fanning Voice Only
Samuel L. Jackson Voice Only
David Alan Grier Voice Only
Alan Tudyk Voice Only
Dee Bradley Baker Voice Only
Moisés Arias Voice Only
Bob Logan Voice Only
Newell Alexander Voice Only
Sterling Beaumont Voice Only
Sofia Bowers Voice Only
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

Disc #1 -- Astro Boy
1. Our Friends, the Robots [5:25]
2. Ministry of Science [7:13]
3. A Perfect Replica [5:00]
4. Home Schooling [4:59]
5. This is So Cool [4:15]
6. Everyone Has Their Destiny [2:33]
7. Collect the Core [4:04]
8. You're One of Us Now [3:49]
9. Call Me Astro [4:49]
10. This is Home to Us [5:31]
11. Walking Up ZOG [3:49]
12. Hidden Talents [:42]
13. The Secret Weapon [5:05]
14. Robot Games [2:50]
15. The Experiment is Over [6:33]
16. Help the Humans [6:11]
17. This is My Destiny [5:18]
18. I Was Made Ready [3:55]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Astro Boy
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Inside the Recording Booth
      Designing a Hero
      Building Metro City
      Astro Boy Image Gallery: Creating a Global Icon
      Getting the Astro Boy Look
      Astro vs the Junkyard Pirates
      The RRF In: The New Recruit
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English: Dolby Digital 5.1
         Español: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Subtitles
         Subtitles: None
         English Sdh (For Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
         Español
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    This movie had a fun, action filled story and many endearing characters. Although Astro boy is targeted for a younger audience, adults can enjoy it too. I would definitely recommend this movie: its so much better than many of the low-quality kid's movies today.

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