Astro Boy

David Bowers’s fond retooling of ‘Astro Boy’, the seminal boy-bot creation of late Manga godhead Osamu Tezuka, is about as innocuous as family toons get. Set in the floating future world of Metro City, it’s the story of a young boy (Freddie Highmore) accidentally vaporised in an industrial accident, only to be rebuilt as a miniature robot gunship by his scientist father (Nicolas Cage). Donald Sutherland lends his voice to ultra-right-wing demagogue President Stone, who lusts for state-of-the-art firepower while spouting militarist buzzwords and allowing the audience to ally with the now-shunned Astro Boy and his new cadre of plucky outcasts. While far from an unmitigated disaster, Bowers’s play-it-straight attitude towards the material combined with the crisp, if unspectacular, animation doesn’t allow ‘Astro Boy’ a moment to bob its head above the ever-swelling digimation pack. Though it may pass muster with the very wee ones.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday February 5 2010
Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Bowers
Screenwriter: David Bowers

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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pjf

my girls loved it (5,and 6). great film, made , i think, genuinely and especially for kids, no subtley embedded sexual inuendo , or clever , in, adult humour, which was refreshing, but still enough depth and story to keep me, a 35 year old grumpy mid-lifer happy for an hour and a bit. simple well done hero story, engaging characters, fine visuals, nice soundtrack, what else do you want???

pjf

my girls loved it (5,and 6). great film, made , i think, genuinely and especially for kids, no subtley embedded sexual inuendo , or clever , in, adult humour, which was refreshing, but still enough depth and story to keep me, a 35 year old grumpy mid-lifer happy for an hour and a bit. simple well done hero story, engaging characters, fine visuals, nice soundtrack, what else do you want???

Rv

We thought it was brilliant. Great for kids AND adults, and a great intro to the manga.

Rv

We thought it was brilliant. Great for kids AND adults, and a great intro to the manga.