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Astro Boy 2009 PG CC

(232) IMDb 6.4/10
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Blast off with Astro Boy, the thrilling tale of a true hero! In futuristic Metro City, scientist Tenma (voiced by Nicolas Cage) creates an amazing robot boy with hidden talents unlike anything you've ever seen. Astro Boy (voiced by Freddie Highmore) has super strength, x-ray vision, incredible speed and the ability to fly. But, what he really wants is to know where he belongs. When the world needs saving, he'll discover he was made for the challenge. Featuring an all-star cast of voice talent, it's high-flying adventure that soars to new heights!

Starring:
Charlize Theron, Freddie Highmore
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action, Kids & Family
Director David Bowers
Starring Charlize Theron, Freddie Highmore
Supporting actors Ryan Stiles, Eugene Levy, Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, David Alan Grier, Alan Tudyk, Newell Alexander, Bob Logan, Dee Bradley Baker, Kristen Bell, Moises Arias, Sterling Beaumon, Madeline Carroll, Matt Lucas, David Bowers, Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane
Studio Summit Entertainment
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By V. Arreola on January 28, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pandolfi on November 10, 2009
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Music and Anime Fan 12 on March 17, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
What a fun, cool, movie! Astro Boy was one awesome ride! It has action, a wonderful voice cast and the animation is beautiful! (Sometimes some of us need a break from 3D) Now I'm a HUGE anime fan so I was really looking forward to seeing this movie and I loved every second. And I really believe, Astro Boy could be a movie for a lot of children to like maybe not little ones. But for kids who love superheroes Astro Boy IMO is perfect! My family loved it! And on Blue Ray it's amazing just too look at! Astro Boy is truly one of my favorite movies that I have seen in a LONG time! =)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Pines on May 8, 2010
Format: DVD
In a cinematic world of direct to video cheap SciFi, god awful horror remakes, or mindless schlock winning this year's Oscar, it's nice to see that something like Astro Boy gets made. Once in a blue moon a picture will be released and because of lousy promotion its out of the theater before you know it. After having bought the DVD, I could not believe how good this movie really is. Even though this movie is 3D animated and aimed at kids, it has a maturity all its own to appeal to adults. Don't get me wrong, it extremely tame possessing only very mild violence and no offensive language.
The story is simple. A professor's son dies and he makes a robot boy to replace him. Because the professor wanted to recreate his own son, Astro is eventually rejected by him due to the fact that he really isn't his son. That's when the story takes off and we follow along with Astro Boy's adventures. It ends with a confrontation with a big evil robot controlled by an overly ambitious politician after Astro Boy's technology. Certainly, the story is predictable in nature, but its pacing, characters, and light hearted sentiments make an interesting enjoyable journey.
These days 3D rendered movies are standard kids fare. In this case, the subjects of the film are transcended into a techno fairytale that is beautiful to watch. Originally, Astro Boy was an animation adapted from Japanese Comics that came over with the likes of Kimba, Speed Racer, and Gigantor. Maybe its poor peformance in the theater had something to do with that connection to Speed Racer that was adapted to one of the worst movies made this century. Astro Boy is not anything like the Speed Racer movie and is like a shiney silver dollar that you never knew you had. Check out this wonderful gem of a picture!!
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