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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.

Director:

David Bowers

Writers:

Osamu Tezuka (manga), David Bowers (story) | 2 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$19,551,067

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,886,986
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Tudyk's third theatrically released animated film after Ice Age (2002) and Ice Age: The Meltdown (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

[First lines]
Narrator: Here we are, floating peacefully in the sky. Metro City, the jewel in the crown. Beautiful isn't it? But how did we get here?
Narrator: [In flashinmation] A century ago, the founders of Metro City, seeing our world was changing, took Mount Sofia and lifted it out of the Earth and into the sky, to be an oasis, a floating paradise.
Narrator: [In CGI] We don't really know what happens these days on the strange and mysterious surface we left behind. But life in Metro City is better than ever, thanks to...
Narrator: [...]
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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

Spoofs The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

All Right
Written by Daniel Goffey, Gaz Coombes and Michael Quinn
Performed by Supergrass
Used by permission of EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Sweet-natured, colourful and fun- a good animated film that could have been more
7 August 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While there are better animated films out there, Astro Boy is a long way from being down there with the worst. Coming from someone who loves animation dearly and only know the TV series by name(really need to get round to seeing it), Astro Boy was a good film that could have been even better. The bright spot about Astro Boy is the animation which is just wonderful, full of detail, beautifully modelled character designs and vivid colours, and the music, which has a rousing sweep to it, also shines. The dialogue is smart and intelligent, the comic relief is actually amusing and doesn't feel misplaced at all and the more emotional parts don't come across as mawkish. The story generally works, of course it is formulaic and can drag from trying to do too much(as well as having an ending that is too at odds with the rest of the film) but the heart and charm is there as well as a fun and sweet nature. There are a lot of action sequences too and they are very exciting without bogging things down too much. Credit also is due for incorporating darker adult themes and doing them in a way that doesn't jar and gives the film emotional impact and heart, the beginning is downbeat, but anybody will relate to and be moved by it. The characters generally do engage, especially the endearing protagonist. And generally the voice work is very good, although Bill Nighy felt out of place and Nicolas Cage had a tendency to be too monotone. Freddie Highmore is perfect in the protagonist role, Donald Sutherland seems to be enjoying himself as the villain, Charlize Theron and Kristen Bell are decidedly sincere and Nathan Lane and Matt Lucas are great fun. In conclusion, good but could have been more. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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