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Astro Boy

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et 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.

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (733 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PR0Y7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Astroboy is an interesting movie. I went and saw this movie a few days after it released in theatres. I kinda remember the cartoon as a kid and this helped to relive those memories. Astroboy is a robot that has superpowers and uses them to save people and the world.

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.
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While owing much to the themes presented in films like "WALL-E," "Pinocchio," and "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (the last two essentially being the same thing), "Astro Boy" is nonetheless an exhilarating, mature, emotional, and visually splendid animated film, successfully relying on a basic plot with heroes, villains, and morals. Its target audience is children, although I suspect they won't get much out of the social and political subtexts - save, maybe, for the idea that everyone should be treated equally even if some of them aren't human. They will, however, respond to the film's look, especially during the action scenes. They may also enjoy a few select moments of comedy relief, such as when the title character realizes that he has machine guns built into his rear end.

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.
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I love movies, and believe that you should at least watch a movie once, to at least say that you have seen it, you really can’t knock a movie if you haven’t seen it. I like this movie enough I added it my collection to watch it again. I only do that with films I like

great family flick for all ages, well worth veiwing at least once
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There are many similarities between this movie and Spielberg's Ai but, I must say, I loved Astro Boy much, much more. Reason is, it delivers the feelings of Astro Boy way better. I felt tears in my eyes towards the end of the movie. I know, it's an animation, but it's that good. Trust me! I recommend it highly.
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When you think of robot-based computer generated features, Pixar's Wall-E and Blue Sky's Robots are probably the first two to come to mind. However, amidst the tidal waves of hype surrounding those motion pictures, Imagi Animation Studios (the guys responsible for 2007's TMNT) quietly brought Astro Boy on the scene in 2009. It was a big budget CG incarnation of the long-running Japanese series of the same name and, in this reviewer's opinion, perhaps the best the genre has to offer.

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.
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