Astro Boy

Astro Boy

David Bowers (2009)

89min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The iconic Japanese anime character makes his Hollywood debut in this sweet-natured and colourful futuristic adventure. Brilliant scientist Dr Tenma (voiced by Nicolas Cage) is devastated when his equally brilliant son Toby (Freddie Highmore) is accidentally killed during an experiment. Tenma builds a robotic replacement, but abandons him when he doesn't live up to expectations. Left to fend for himself, the robot becomes Astro Boy and discovers the true extent of his powers when an evil force threatens the world. The film presents some fairly adult themes in an understandable way, and it's also less cheesy and sentimental than a lot of animated fare. But it still packs in some exciting action sequences and impressive comic relief in the shape of the hapless Robot Liberation Front (whose leader is voiced by Little Britain's Matt Lucas).

Summary

An inventor living in a futuristic city creates a robot in the image of his dead son, but later rejects him. As the mechanical child tries to find his place in the world, he attracts the attention of the power-mad president, who wants to use him as a weapon. Animated sci-fi adventure, with the voices of Freddie Highmore and Nicolas Cage.

Cast & Crew

Astro Boy Freddie Highmore
Dr Tenma Nicolas Cage
Cora Kristen Bell
Zog Samuel L Jackson
Actor Charlize Theron
Dr Elefun/Robotsky Bill Nighy
Sparx Matt Lucas
Mr Squeegee/Scrapheap Head/Stinger Two Alan Tudyk
President Stone Donald Sutherland
Director David Bowers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1 EntertainmentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Feb 2010
Drama