Astro Boy (AstroBoy) 2009

Astro Boy

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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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In futuristic Metro City, a brilliant scientist named Tenma builds Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore), a robotic child with superstrength, X-ray vision and the ability to fly. Astro Boy sets out to explore the world and find acceptance, learning what being human is all about in the process. Finding that his friends and family in Metro City are in danger, he uses his incredible powers to save all that he loves.

Cast & Crew

Freddie Highmore
Astro Boy, Toby
Voice
Kristen Bell
Cora
Voice
Nathan Lane
Ham Egg
Voice
Eugene Levy
Orrin
Voice
Matt Lucas
Sparx
Voice
Bill Nighy
Robotsky
Voice
Charlize Theron
"Our Friends" Narrator
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Nicolas Cage
Dr. Tenma
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David Bowers
Screenwriter
Francis Kao
Executive Producer
Yoshihiro Shimizu
Executive Producer
Cecil Kramer
Executive Producer
Ken Tsumura
Executive Producer
Paul Wang
Executive Producer
Pepe Valencia
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)

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Audience Reviews for Astro Boy (AstroBoy)

  • Jul 28, 2012
    Astro Boy is a fun and exciting animated film that explores some unusually deep topics. The story follows a scientist who builds a robot to replace his dead son; but when the son discovers that he's a robot, he goes out into the world to find his life's purpose. Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Donald Sutherland, and Nicolas Cage do an excellent job at voicing the characters and giving them distinct personalities. Additionally, the animation is quite good and has a strong, crisp visual style that works for the futuristic look of the film. With some interesting messages about identity and plenty of exciting action, Astro Boy makes for a fun adventure.
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  • Jan 07, 2012
    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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2011
    Astro Boy, also called Atom (アトム, Atomu) in Japan, is a 2009 computer-animated film loosely based on the long-running Japanese series of the same name by Osamu Tezuka... I am not a great fan of this type of movies but this animation which was adapted for a western audience was very watchable! Imagi had several discussions on how round and curvy Astro's body proportions should be and in the end they were made to be more lean. Also there were issues on Astro's rear end being too small, and that too was altered after talks with Tezuka. The by-product of these changes was Astro's Caucasian look, which I did not mind at all... it seems that Japanese did not like it and the film was not a big hit in Japan. But in China broke a box-office record for a CG animated film! I can understand why... it was interesting story for the younger audience but I can not say that there was anything special. Just solid piece of work of experience crew members who did just enough for a positive review. I think it could be a nice Christmas present for your 8 year old!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2011
    Super-surreal cartoon about a little boy who's love for science took him further than he could ever use in his young imagination. His father serving as a current head of the "Ministry of Science" in the mystical island of Metro City is coerced into utilizing the spheres of energy for political gain. During the experiment the little boy gets caught in the experiment and winds up being an unfortunate casualty. Out of his grief, the father decides to re-create a replica of his lost son in the form of a robot with powers and ability way beyond the expectations of himself and the whims of the politician. This is an incredible journey that you would not want to miss! Please see this!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer

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