Astro Boy

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Summit Entertainment Released 2009

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Director:
David Bowers (II)
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG
Astro Boy is a 2009 animated film, directed by David Bowers, that is a modern version of the classic Japanese anime series. Toby (Freddie Highmore) is a robot created by Dr. Bill Tenma (Nicolas Cage) in the image of his own son, killed when one of Tenma's robots goes out of control. But the grieving scientist quickly realizes that Toby the robot cannot replace his lost son, and he rejects him. Toby leaves, pursued by Metro City's evil President Stone (Donald Sutherland), who wants the Blue Core that powers Toby. Evading him, Toby falls off Metro City, which is a floating metropolis hovering over a vast junkyard. In the junkyard, Toby meets a motley crew of cast-off robots, lost children, and eccentric adults who rename him Astro Boy. Soon, the forces of President Stone find the boy robot, capture him, and return him to Metro City. Once there, Astro Boy will find himself face-to-face with Stone, who has been turned into a powerful robot, and his creator, Tenma, with whom he must try to find peace.moreless

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  • 60

    Variety

    Appropriately for a film about robots, efficiency is the primary virtue of Astro Boy, a well-oiled CG-animated superhero pic that makes up in competence and vitality what it lacks ...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    And so he zips and zags, keeping aloft in a movie that can't always do the same.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Plays like "Transformers" for tots, a "Pinocchio" story that stays true to its source material's storied past without adding much in the way of interest, outside of some clankingly...

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    Family Dramas, Futuristic, Superheroes, Pre-Teens, Tweens