Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Astro Boy Review (Updated)










Astro Boy


Release Date: 15th October 2009 – Australia


Production Companies
Imagi Animation Studios
Imagi Crystal
Tezuka Production Company Ltd

Distribution
Hoyts Distribution
Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 94 minutes


Budget: $65,000,000

Box Office Gross: $44,093,014
(Worldwide)

 
Plot Summary
Astro Boy is based around
the story of scientist Dr.
Tenma who creates a young
robot called Astro Boy to
replace his lost son Toby,
Astro discovers his incredible
powers which includes rocket
boosters, armed laser
cannons and machine guns.
Astro embarks on his journey
when his father rejects him
because he is unlike his real
son. Astro flees the floating
Metro City to the surface
where he meets several
companions including Cora
and a dog named Trashcan.

There is a conflict between
Astro and the Peacekeeper
who is trying to steal the
energy wielding Blue Core
from Astro, they try to destroy
each other in Metro City
causing much destruction
and mayhem. Astro with the
assistance of his companions
realises the Blue Core and
Red Core need to be
combined to destroy the
Peacekeeper, this will cost
Astro his life but fortunately
he is revived by fellow robot
companion Zog.

 
Voice Cast
Freddie Highmore – Astro
Boy/Toby Tenma
Nicholas Cage – Dr. Bill Tenma
Kristen Bell – Cora
Bill Nighy – Professor Simon
Elefun/Robotsky
Donald Sutherland – President Stone
Samuel L. Jackson – Zog
Nathan Lane – Hamegg
Matt Lucas – Sparx
David Bowers – Mike the Fridge
Charlize Theron – "Our Friends" Narrator
Eugene Levy – Orrin
Dee Bradley Baker – Trashcan

Crew
Story/Writer/Director – David Bowers
Based on Manga – Osamu Tezuka
Writer – Timothy Harris
Head of Story – Kevin Johnson
Story Consultant – Michael Lachence
Producer – Maryann Garger
Creative Consultants – Yoshihiro Shimizu &
Macoto Tezuka
Production Designer – Sam Michlap
Character Designer – Luis Grane
Head of Animation – Tim Cheung
Animation Director/Supervising Animator –
Jakob Hjort Jensen
Animation Director – Kim Ooi
Cinematography – Pepe Valencia
Costume Designer – Jane Poole
Film Editor – Robert Anich
Music – John Ottman


Review
While it has the heart of the manga and anime TV series, ASTRO BOY could have been better in lifelike form rather than animation and had it been 3D. This could have made for more appealing visual display. The voice cast of Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy and others were chosen well for the character roles they were portraying. 

Overall, it is a satisfactory movie suitable for all ages and fans who have grown up watching Astro Boy.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie



2 comments:

  1. this movie is one of the best movies i have seen this year i agree with your point about the 3-D it would have been better more in a more lifelike form

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  2. iTS A GOOD MOVIE I LIKE THE PART WHERE HE SHOOTS MACHINE GUN OUT HIS BUTT

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