Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)
Critic Consensus: While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.
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|Rating:||PG (for some action and peril, and brief mild language)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||David Bowers|
|Written By:||David Bowers, Timothy Harris|
|In Theaters:||Oct 23, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 16, 2010|
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Critic Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
Like its supersonic, jets-in-his-feet hero, the movie itself feels totally robotic.
The animation bar has been raised, and not just by Pixar. Poor little Astro Boy hasn't a prayer of clearing it.
Bowers's play-it-straight attitude towards the material combined with the crisp, if unspectacular, animation doesn't allow 'Astro Boy' a moment to bob its head above the ever-swelling digimation pack.
He may be a reconstituted robot, but this little cyber-kid's got some real heart.
A charming and entertaining animated science fiction adventure that doesn't club us over the head with sensory overload...
Audience Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
Gah the ending -_-
Like TMNT, Astro Boy lacks originality and falls short of it's source material. So fans of the anime may be dissapointed but for the rest of us it's actually great to look at. It's not a great movie. But its a fun watch. It's a good kid's movie.
Astro Boy is a suitable first-entry into the SciFi genre, with all the charm, thrills and fun that its demographic needs in a classic premise of political morality straight from its source material.
However, somewhere along the line when it was thrown through the "Hollywood/Pixar/Dreamworks" blender it comes out the other side as a bit of an emotional derivative for the older audiences.
If anything? It could have (and should have) been hell of a lot darker. I guess the folks at marketing just couldn't bring themselves to making this cute little guy as mature and sophisticated as he was meant to be.
Still, for what it is it's entertaining and more than watchable.
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