Release Date: October 23, 2009
Starring: THE VOICES OF Freddie
Highmore, Nicolas Cage,
Kristen Bell, Donald
Sutherland, Nathan Lane,
Eugene Levy, Bill Nighy, David
Alan Grier, Samuel L. Jackson,
and Charlize Theron
Genre: Animated/Science Fiction
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Director: David Bowers
Executive Producer: Cecil Kramer, Ken Taumura,
Paul Wang, and Francis Kao
Producer: Maryann Garger
Writer: Timothy Hyde Harris and David
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ASTRO BOY the movie updates the original story with a wonderful new look that’s very colorful and exciting. Dr. Tenma, a government scientist, witnesses the death of his son Toby, who is accidentally killed by a military robot in the futuristic high-flying world of Metro City. Grief-stricken, Dr. Tenma creates a look-alike robot with extraordinary super powers to make him indestructible. The young robot just makes the doctor’s grief more unbearable, however, so he casts out the robot.
Astro Boy is powered by Blue Core energy, a powerful source of “positive” energy. Metro City’s militaristic leader, President Stone, wants the energy to fuel his giant “Peacekeeper” robot, so he can make the world do his bidding. Stone sends his soldiers after Astro Boy.
Fleeing from the military, Astro Boy crashes to the surface. There, he falls under the sway of Hamegg, a man who leads a gang of child-vagabonds in his quest to win gladiator battles between broken-down robots that Hamegg repairs. Hamegg discovers Astro Boy’s powers and forces him to fight in the robot gladiator games. This awakens President Stone and his soldiers to Astro Boy’s location. A fierce battle between good and evil ensues.
ASTRO BOY is very exciting and action packed. The colorful, vivid animation is visually appealing and impressive. Although there is no mention of God, the movie has a very strong Christian, redemptive allegorical worldview with symbolic, metaphorical references to sacrifice, giving up one’s life, resurrection, repentance, and reconciliation. Thus, in the end, the hero, Astro Boy, discovers that his true destiny, including his duty to help others, is one of sacrifice. ASTRO BOY also has strong, pro-family moral themes celebrating good over evil and deep family ties.
ASTRO BOY is very exciting and action packed. The colorful, vivid animation is visually appealing and impressive. There is no mention of God, but the movie has a very strong Christian, redemptive allegorical worldview with symbolic, metaphorical references to sacrifice, giving up one’s life, resurrection, repentance, and reconciliation. ASTRO BOY also has strong, pro-family moral themes celebrating good over evil and deep family ties.