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Astro Boy

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Astro Boy

David Bowers (2009)

89min
PG Certificate
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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 / Toby Freddie Highmore
Dr Tenma Nicolas Cage
Cora Kristen Bell
Zog Samuel L Jackson
Dr Elefun / Robotsky Bill Nighy
President Stone Donald Sutherland
Ham Egg Nathan Lane
"Our Friends" narrator Charlize Theron
Orrin Eugene Levy
Sparx Matt Lucas
Zane Moisés Arias
Director David Bowers
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: E1 Entertainment Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 5 Feb 2010

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