Rating Explanation: for some action and peril, and brief mild language.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: This entertaining, action-packed animated adventure should entertain both adults and children.
DVD Features: Two all-new animated sequences: astro vs the junkyard pirates; Inside the recording booth; Designing a hero; Building metro city; The rrf in: the new recruit; Astro Boy image gallery: creating a global icon; Getting the Astro Boy look.
Featuring the voices of:
Freddie Highmore ... Astro Boy
Nicolas Cage ... Dr. Tenma
Kristen Bell ... Cora
Samuel L. Jackson ... Zog
Charlize Theron ... Narrator
Bill Nighy ... Dr. Elefun
Donald Sutherland ... General Stone
Eugene Levy ... Orrin
Nathan Lane ... Ham Egg
This computer animated adventure introduces the
character of Astro Boy (voiced by Freddie Highmore) a spiky-haired child prodigy and it is set in a futuristic Metro City a robot-controlled utopia orbiting high above the Earth where humans and robots
co-exist. He was originally created by the legendary Japanese animator Osamu Tezuka, known as the Japanese Walt Disney. In this Hollywood version, Astro Boy is created by a scientific genius named Dr. Tenma (voiced
by Nicholas Cage) after the death of his son. However, once Astro Boy
is brought to life, Dr. Tenma decides that he has made a huge mistake and
the boy robot is cast aside and left to fend for himself.
Dropping down to Earth after a battle with decidedly
unscary supervillain President Stone (Donald Sutherland), Astro Boy
eventually falls in with a gang of orphaned scavengers who roam the
ravaged land, seeking out scrap metal for their Fagin-like guardian
(Nathan Lane). Astro Boy
attempts to fit in, and soon discovers an
ability to revive dead robots from the junkyard. The following battle and chase scenes are exciting without becoming
too frightening or manic, and there's little to upset any but the
Definitely aimed at younger audiences with
the darker aspects of Astro’s origins being rather rushed so that the
film can quickly introduce lighter, more comedic elements, Astro Boy,directed by David Bowers ("Flushed Away") includes lots
of visual gags that are genuinely funny, so older audiences won’t be put off by the cartoonish feel of
some of the action sequences.
The topnotch animation contains several nods to its
Japanese origins with the inclusion of a couple of giant robots and the
sort of mass destruction that has been featured prominently in Japanese animated films since World War II. Nevertheless, the film
never gets too dark for its young audience making Astro Boy an entertaining superhero, who will no doubt be coming back again and again in further adventures.