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. Written by
The film was not a success in Japan, opening at the bottom end of the top ten films of that week. Conversely, it broke box-office records for a CGI animated movie in China, in much the same way that two other U.S.-produced Japanese-based films had done. Dragonball: Evolution (2009) and Speed Racer (2008) had tanked in Japan, but went on to be hugely successful in China. See more »
According to Dr. Tenma, Astro was programmed with all of Toby's memories (which is a crucial part of the plot), but it is never explained where those memories came from. Although it's implied that the memories came from Toby's hair, this isn't possible, because memories are not encoded into DNA. See more »
After the end credits, a card stating "When in Hong Kong, visit Imagi Studios" The art is the same classic style as the opening, with a tram touring a back lot. This is much like what Universal studios did at the end of their films. See more »
For some reason my expectations were not high for this movie, the IMDb
rating was pretty average and there was not much hype surrounding it's
release. It seems any computer animated movie that is neither Pixar nor
Shrek has a difficult time getting noticed. Having seen this movie now
I can whole heartedly say that this movie is as fun and action packed
as any movie from the Pixar stable.
The visuals are excellent and on a par with the latest computer
generated movies, the story is heart warming and touches on
philosophical themes often related to more adult titles like Blade
Runner or even Ghost in the Shell, the action is well handled and true
to the cartoon origins of the title and ultimately there is enough
depth and charm in this movie to satisfy both kids and adults. The only
drawback I feel this movie has is the somewhat out of place voice
acting of some of the main characters, it seems that the producers
wanted the film to be attached to some big name actors rather then
finding voice actors that would suit the specific
characters,specifically I felt that Bill Nighy voice was out of place
as the Professor and perhaps Nic Cage could have brought more energy to
the role. It did feel as though the voice work was done after visuals
and not vice versa which led to a somewhat flat performance by some
actors. That, however is just me being ultra critical, overall this is
a top draw movie and worth a look. Give it a try.
21 of 26 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?