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...
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.3/10 (10,819 voted)
Critic's Score: 53/100
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell
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.
Writers: Osamu Tezuka, David Bowers
Cast: Charlize Theron
'Our Friends' Narrator
Dr. Bill Tenma
David Alan Grier
Dee Bradley Baker
Opening Weekend: $6,702,923
(25 October 2009)
(17 January 2010)
Did You Know?
Astroboy is called by his title name only by Hamegg, and only twice throughout the entire movie. Otherwise he's called Astro, Toby, Robot Boy, or Boy Robot.
Toby's body and his clothes were completely vaporized, but his hat somehow remained perfectly intact.
Quotes: Astro Boy:
What? I got machine guns... in my butt?
Amazingly BETTER than expected
I just came from an advance screening of Astroboy where I dutifully
took my kids at 10 am to watch "this" thinking that if I was lucky I
would be able to doze off for a few minutes during the movie. Boy, I
couldn't! The story was captivating from the beginning. Yes, it was
very directed at kids, you know, the far off humour and such, but when
I saw Toby, the genius' "kid", I felt that the movie was after all NOT
just a Pinocchio rip-off where an old man made a robot-boy because he
was bored or lonely... the reasons behind the creation of Astroboy were
tragic and even mature. Of course, if you are a manga aficionado, you
may be thinking "duh! that's how's supposed to be", but I am NOT. I
barely watched a show now and then when I was a kid (I'm 36 years
old... too young for Astroboy), so I wasn't really aware of the story.
So I thought, well, this development has to be a fluke inherited from
the original story, from then on it should go downhill... but it did
NOT. The story is full of tragedy, though decisions that if you think
them through you can even understand (like a father understanding that
memories cannot truly replace his son), and redemption that may be
obvious to superheroes experts, but are very well exposed to a new
generation of kids that will witness a clear fight between good and
evil (positive and negative forces) adorned with an excellent and
adequate portion of comedy. Not just a kid's movie, but a movie that I
will surely watch again when my kids "force" me to buy it and to watch
it with them dozens of times. Go, Astro!