Astro Boy details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Matt Lucus, Matt Lucas, Samuel L. Jackson, Nathan Lane, Nicolas Cage|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Animated, Children - Animated/Cartoon, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - General|
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||31 May 2010|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
With the voice talent of Nicholas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson, Astro Boy has star power.
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superb............................By williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 04 Nov 2009
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[Highly rated reviewer]Astro Boy is created when an accident of robotics results in the death of the worlds most brilliant scientists son Toby.
Dr Tenma (played by Nicolas Cage) in an utter state of despair, uses his sons DNA to make the most powerful robot ever - in a world filled with robots but one that is complete with all of his dead sons memories.
Unfortunately the new Toby, whilst having the memories and characteristics of the old Toby, he is quite a different boy.
He acts with a different character, and has his own ideas.
To Dr Tenmas sadness, it turns out that instead of bringing his son back, he has only managed to create a living clone of Toby and he is left more haunted by his sons death than before.
Toby the astro boy learns that his father wants to deactivate him. At the same time, the evil President of Metro City learns that the blue core was not destroyed in that initial experiment that went wrong and is powering Toby.
Unwanted by his father and especially wanted by President Stone, Toby accidentally escapes to Pleasure Island, which is the surface of the planet.
It is soon discovered that Metro City is a floating city, and that the surface of the planet is mostly a waste of scrap that Metro City simply throws overboard.
Toby finds a group of orphans who are led by robot tech Ham Egg and like everyone else on the surface, it is a group of the unwanted and outcast trying to make do with what they can.
What happens next.....add this film to your list to find out !!!!!
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Astro Oh Boy!By Rossiboy73 (10 reviews) , 19 May 2011Great animation, with some funny moments for all ages. Waited a long time to get this title, worth the wait.
Day-Glo Darkness - An Astro Boy ReviewBy Samoza (225 reviews) from Reading , 11 Apr 2011Straight from the off let me tell you that I have no investment in the concept of Astro Boy. Im vaguely aware that it is a classic Anime, but my lack of knowledge means that the new CGI version of the film could be as sliced, diced and churned as only a Hollywood filmmaker could dream of achieving. With its Day-Glo colour palette and kid friendly look, I thought Astro Boy was going to be another also-ran from the animated churn factory. However, the feel of the film is anything but kid friendly and instead this movie is average not for being too similar to other films, but for being too different.
Astro Boy follows the early life of android Astro who was formed in the image of Dr Tenmas dead child. The first part of the film portrays the death of said child and is not easy viewing, although you dont actually see anything. The film has a lot in common with Spielbergs AI and is about grief and abandonment. These concepts actually feature more often in animation than you would think, but here they are very dark. There are moments of lightness in the film with some characters included just for comedic value, the Robots fighting for freedom being one. However, the vast majority of the film has a tone that is not in keeping with the brightness of the animation.
Proving a challenging watch is not a criticism in its own right as I believe the best kids movies have a dark edge (Time Bandits), but here the tone is flat, as well as dark. Nicholas Cage is catatonic at the best of times, but as Dr Tenma he sounds like they have reanimated his corpse for one day of voice recording. The same could be said of Bill Nighy and Freddie Highmore. It is only the likes of Matt Lucas who bring energy to the voice work. The lack of passion in the acting means that the film feels incredibly drab at times, which is a shame as the animation, especially on BluRay, looks fantastic. With its dark tones and interesting ideas Astro Boy is a curious watch that will be enjoyable for adults looking for something a little odd, but not for the core audience of children.
Great family film although missing a certain pizzaz!!!By SecretFilmBuff (16 reviews) from Hornchurch, Essex , 08 Apr 2011I love animated films generally and after seeing a preview at work of this film I thought I'd give it a go, it looked quite fun and I find kids films are normally quite entertaining anyway. Unfortunately this film has a couple of little plot defects, odd & easilly guessable plot direction at times and the animation is missing that polished finish that a lot of Disney/Pixar films would have and to keep the adults amused unfortunately theres no adult under-tone to any of the in-film jokes... making it a little long-winded and boring in parts for older watchers. Still on the good side it made me chuckle in a number of places, I'm sure younger generations would love this easy to follow film and it just has to be watched in bluray as it looks really sharp although not quite as pin perfect as Toy Story 3/finding Nemo etc, bluray however really does show this film off beautifully by the way.
As a last note, if your going to watch this film then definately watch this on bluray and if your looking for a list filler then add it and you'll enjoy the film no matter your age however just dont expect quite the same 'believeable' or 'adult friendly' feel as other animated films. Well worth a watch and certainly a crowd puller for the kids... Would watch again, but wouldn't be surprised if I got distracted knowing theres not really much to much to miss if I nodded off.
BrilliantBy a customer from Birmingham, England , 25 Feb 2011I really hate it when animation makes me cry but this one managed it....
Great film!By MadPanic (15 reviews) from Bradford , 13 Feb 2011Excellent film for all the family (all ages). The young uns will love it especally as it has good humour and the usual cute characters.
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