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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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David Bowers

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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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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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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eugene Levy's third theatrically released animated film after Curious George (2006) and Over the Hedge (2006). See more »

Goofs

Before activating the Peacekeeper for the second time, president Stone says that 50 reporters are waiting for him outside. The next scene shows those reporters, and there are fewer than 20 of them. See more »

Quotes

Robotsky: What about... What about Astro?
Sparx: Oh, be quiet! If you can't come up with any simpler suggestion, then, kindly mind your own business.
Robotsky: Sorry.
Sparx: Think, think. I've got it!
Robotsky: What is it?
Sparx: Astro!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

For television airings, rather than cropping, the film has been reanimated from scratch to 1.75:1. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Marching Down the Field
Composed by Harry Edwards
Courtesy of APM Music LLC
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He Was Made Ready (And, Hey! That Ain't All!)
21 September 2013 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

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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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