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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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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.
It is a bold and even poignant idea and the movie certainly zips along. It's not in the Wall-E league, but it's well made and inventive.
I just felt like this was a mistranslation -- almost trying to combine the slightly sinister, cold world of Japanese anime with the warm, sentimental, fuzzy, bouncy world of Hollywood kid animation.
David Bowers' retro-cool update on the titular icon looks so great, it may take a while to notice it's a clunky political parable wrapped in a tonally confused fairy tale.
A Japanese story famous for its illustrations now comes to the big screen with a touch of mystery and a lot of action for kids and adults. [Full review in Spanish]
Astro Boy may be an old-time favorite, but as directed by David Bowers with a screenplay by Bowers and Timothy Hyde Harris, it arrives here as fresh, invigorating entertain
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...
There is quite a bit of solid craft at work in Astro Boy ... but it feels rushed, ill-prepared and derivative. And that's because it is rushed, ill-prepared and derivative.
A suitably fun and entertaining hero for a new generation.
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.
A very fun and entertaining, cg retelling of the classic anime and manga
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