Astro Boy

Astro Boy


Reviewed by: Leanne McGrath

In the futuristic Metro City, brilliant scientist Dr Tenma (Nicolas Cage) loses his beloved son and creates a robot with incredible powers in his image. But the android, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore), cannot live up to the grieving dad’s expectations and runs away in search of acceptance.

He uses his powers to become a superhero and sets out to save the world after it is threatened by an alien race.

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Based on the hit Japanese manga series by Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy is directed by Flushed Away helmsman David Bowers. Comparisons to Pinocchio are inevitable — the movie is basically a modern version, with a robot in the central role instead of a wooden puppet.

The intricate detail of the colourful computer animation will wow viewers, as will the talented vocal cast. A-listers such as Cage and Donald Sutherland bring the characters to life, while Freddie Highmore — best known for The Golden Compass, Spiderwick Chronicles and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory — cements his status as one of the best child actors around.

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2010
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Science-fiction, CGI animation tracing the adventures of a young robot with super powers.
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Director: David Bowers

Writer: Timothy Harris, David Bowers, based on the comic series by Osamu Tezuka

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kirsten Bell, David Bowers, Bill Nighy

Year: 2009

Runtime: 945 minutes

BBFC: PG - Parental Guidance

Country: US, Hong Kong, Japan


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