Astro Boy [Blu-ray]
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Astroboy is a character that dates back to the 1950's when it was created by Osamu Tezuka. Astro is really well known in Japan and there were several of the cartoon series came here to the United States.
The movie follows the story pretty well but at the same time adds a few new things here and there to not just be a copy and paste kind of story.
There are some spoilers ahead:.......
In the manga (or comic) and now Movie is a boy named Toby who dies in an accident and his father Dr. Tenma builds a robot to be just like Toby. The scene may scare some children that are really young but personally they did it tastefully and there are no gory scenes or anything. (For the parents you see a bright flash and his hat is lying on the ground). Alot of parents were upset by this however many movies made by Disney and so forth have had characters die in their movies constantly but people still praise them.
I suppose since it is a young boy they feel that it should not occur but the producers of the film wanted to keep the orgin of Astro as close as possible.
The movie was pretty well done. There's some drama in along with action and that was pretty good. It helped lead into the action sequences instead of being non-stop action or drama. I liked this film since it was something everyone could enjoy. I went with my mom, dad, and 7 year old niece. She really enjoyed it and the whole family wants it on DVD and blu-ray. I do not remember any bad language as well.Read more ›
Adapted from the Japanese manga series created by Osamu Tezuka, "Astro Boy" begins with a pleasant-sounding public service announcement (provided by Charlize Theron) for Metro City, a floating futuristic metropolis where robots do all the menial things people no longer want to do. Far below them, Earth has become a wasteland of discarded robot parts, some of which are still quite usable. Living contentedly in Metro City is Toby Tenma (voiced by Freddie Highmore), a teenage genius who understands advanced physics and can rewire robots in a snap. His father, the equally brilliant Dr. Tenma (voiced by Nicholas Cage), has discovered two powerful sources of energy, one a blue core that thrives on good energy, the other a red core that thrives on evil energy. (The political implications of this are none too subtle, but it's probably best to not get into that.)
When Toby is vaporized in a demonstration gone wrong, Dr.Read more ›
great family flick for all ages, well worth veiwing at least once
Astro Boy, for those who don't already know, first appeared in a manga way back in 1952! There have been a whole plethora of anime incarnations throughout the subsequent decades of varying degrees of success but this CG piece has been well over a decade in the making itself; beginning back in 1999 when Sony purchased the film rights to Astro Boy from Osamu Tezuka Productions. The plan then was to create a CG/ live action hybrid for a Holiday of 2000 release (under Jim Henson Productions). Obviously, that plan fell to the wayside and alternate ambitions surfaces multiple times (at one point nearly securing Pixar's Brad Bird as director).
In the end Astro Boy came into fruition under the direction of Flushed Away's David Bowers for an estimated $50-million budget (that sadly recovered only about half that amount at present). It hit Japanese theaters October 10, 2009, then made its USA debut very shortly thereafter on October 23, 2009 and finally crossed the pond once more to the UK on February 5, 2010. It earned a stateside DVD & Blu-Ray release on March 16, 2010 by Summit Entertainment.
The story goes something like this: In the future earth's polluted, overpopulated mess leads to one city's decision to go skyward- literally.Read more ›
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I watched it with my second grade students. They loved it; it was pretty good, but I might be too old to fully enjoy itPublished 1 day ago by Mr.Cantu
Good movie, wish is had a little bit longer and went into a bit more detail with what's inside of Astro.Published 1 day ago by Gabe
We've watched it 3 times in 2 days. Our son loves it (he's 5). We like it too.Published 1 day ago by Stephen
Great movie great story , action, cartoon violence, for a parent its comparable to the incredible's :)Published 2 days ago by NC
It wasn't a bad movie, and kept my attention as well as my 5 year old son's BUT it was horribly sad...Published 2 days ago by Tiffany Sandell