Astro Boy

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Astro Boy
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It's an OK film, but you may be better off watching the TV show.
Genre: Animation
Comedy
Adventure
Directed By: David Bowers
Produced By: Maryann Garger
Kuzuka Yayoki
Written By: David Bowers
Timothy Hyde Harris
Based On: Astro Boy
Starring: Freddie Highmore
Kristen Bell
Nethan Lane
Bill Nighy
Nicolas Cage
Distributed By: Summit Entertainment
Release Date: October 8, 2009 (Hong Kong)
October 23, 2009 (United States)
Runtime: 94 minutes
Country: Japan
United States
Language: English
Budget: $65 million
Box Office: $42 million
Franchise: Astro Boy
Sequel: Astro Boy 2 (cancelled)


Astro Boy is a 2009 Japanese-American CGI superhero film loosely based on the manga series of the same name by the late Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka. It was produced by Imagi Animation Studios, and was the company's last film produced prior to shutting down on February 5, 2010. The film was first released in Hong Kong on October 8, 2009, and in the United States on October 23, 2009. It received mixed reviews from critics and bombed at the box office, earning $42 million worldwide against a $65 million budget.

Plot

In futuristic Metro City, a brilliant scientist named Tenma builds Astro Boy, a robotic child with superstrength, X-ray vision and the ability to fly. Astro Boy sets out to explore the world and find acceptance, learning what being human is all about in the process. Finding that his friends and family in Metro City are in danger, he uses his incredible powers to save all that he loves.

Bad Qualities

  1. The main problem with this film is that it is incredibly unfaithful to the source material.
    • While Astro Boy retains his trademark design, his energy core design is wrong: he doesn't have a metallic heart core unlike in the original source material. He instead has a glowing blue core that are just nothing but a blue core and that's it.
      • In the original, Astro Boy is 6 years old, but in this film, he is 14 years old.
    • Tobio doesn't die in a car crash, unlike the original (unless the 2003 anime is counted), but instead gets vaporized by Peacekeeper.
    • Unlike the original, this film is set in the 22nd century rather than circa 2000, although this is understandable due to adapting it for modern times, since a futuristic movie taking place in the 2000s would not make sense nowadays. (unless the 2004 short is counted)
  2. Some bad humor, like "What? I got machine guns... in my butt?"
  3. The film adds a bunch of characters that never appeared in the original manga series, such as President Stone, Orrin, Cora, Trashcan, and Peacekeeper.
  4. Some of the characters, like Uran and Cobalt from the original, are absent.
  5. The RRF are pointless Comic Reliefs that have nothing to do with the plot.
  6. The film ends on a cliched sequel bait ending.
  7. The poster shows that he's actually wearing boxers when movie, "he wears briefs."

Good Qualities

  1. Decent voice acting, thanks to actors such as Freddie Highmore and Bill Nighy.
  2. Great soundtrack.
  3. As stated before, Astro Boy's design remains faithful to how it appeared originally.
  4. While the humor tends to be weak, there are still a few funny moments.
  5. Some of the characters can be at least somewhat tolerable.
  6. The CGI animation looks pretty good, especially since it was made by Imagi Studios, the same company who made the animation is 2007's TMNT.
  7. One of the new characters, Cora, is a very nice character.

Reception

The film received mixed reviews from film critics. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 50% of 136 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.6 out of 10. The site's general consensus reads. "While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic." Meanwhile on Metacritic, it has a score of 53 out of 100 based on 22 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".

Trivia

  • This film was originally going to be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment as a live-action film, but it was made into a CGI animated film distributed by Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios instead.
  • Originally, a sequel to the film was planned, but it was scrapped after Imagi Studios was shut down.

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Comments


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Fionathewonderfulgirl

12 months ago
Score -3
"You disappoint me, Summit Entertainment!" - Astro Boy
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Hookuai

9 months ago
Score 5
You also dissapoint me for being a huge plagiarizer
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HellLord

7 months ago
Score 4
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EricSonic

11 months ago
Score 2
This introduced me to Astro Boy.
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LeroyManTheFirst

10 months ago
Score 1
Ah yes, my sister's very first erection.
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IronKidFan8

10 months ago
Score 1
I actually liked this movie. It was really great, ngl. It also helped me get into Astro Boy too!
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Spindash101

7 months ago
Score 0
Same here. Altough I did watch an episode of the anime when I was a kid.
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Jureg Óbvio O Ogro Verde

8 months ago
Score 1
I really like this movie. AstroBoy (2009) is one of my guilty pleasures and I want a sequel of this movie
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JDM4678

7 months ago
Score -1
That I got machine guns in my butt made me cringe
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Nihirichan

7 months ago
Score 0
I remember seeing this movie a few times, but I forgot when.
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Hookuai

7 months ago
Score 0
Watched that back in 2016
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SpongeBoi1999

4 months ago
Score 1
This movie is beautiful.
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Jureg Óbvio O Ogro Verde

4 months ago
Score 0
This movie is my childhood. Astro x Cora is my shipp and the entire movie is my guilty pleasure. I want a sequel, too.
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TheOddKid2568

3 months ago
Score 0
I saw this movie is theaters with my mom and step-dad.
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Kiyah Walter

one month ago
Score 1
This is My Childhood Memories
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Jureg Óbvio O Ogro Verde

one month ago
Score 0
This movie is nostalgic to me, too.
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Tony Li

24 days ago
Score 1
My friends always complain how Astro looks like a pornstar due to him not wearing any clothes
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Joker1999

11 days ago
Score 0
I personal thought this movie was good.
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Luckygamer77

5 days ago
Score 0
I really like this movie, in fact I didn't even know Astro Boy nor Speed Racer were actual animes until later on.

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