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Astroboy (2009)- Robot Hall of Fame

Updated on November 7, 2011

Various scenes from the movie itself.

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The popular Anime character that helped found the genre of anime, has returned onto the big screen

The popular anime/manga sensation "Astroboy" returns. "Astroboy" is based off the classic anime character that went on to inspire a couple of T.V. show incarnations, and inspired an entire Japanese nation that was in distraught after WWII. Indeed, "Astroboy" has always managed to touch people's hearts throughout the world, as a modern day "Pinochio", as he tries to find his place in world. Featuring the voices of Freddie Highmore (Astroboy/Toby), Kristen Bell (Cora), Samuel L. Jackson (Zog), Nicolas Cage (Dr. Tenma), Bill Nighy (Dr. Elefun), Donald Sutherland (President Stone), and Nathan Lane (Ham Egg). Set in a futuristic world where robots and humans live amongst each other. "Astroboy" tells the story of a young boy, Toby, whom gets killed during a lab accident when he tries to visit his father, Dr. Tenma, during a experiment. Distraught over the loss of his son, Dr. Tenma attempts to build an android, in his likeness to replace him; later known as Astroboy. However, after it seems not even the new android could fill in the void left by his son, Dr. Tenma disowns Astroboy. As word breaks out about Dr. Tenma's creation, President Stone orders to have Astroboy captured to use for his military ambitions for re-election. Luckily, Astroboy escapes and hides among a bunch of orphans raised by den mother, Cora. As Astroboy becomes friends with his new found company, his cover gets blown by a crafty inventor, Ham Egg, whom makes a hobby out of restoring old broken down robots, and having them compete against each other in the gladiator events. In the gladiator tournaments, robots are pit against each other to duel to the death. It is here, Astroboy must fend for his life. Along the way, discovering what it takes to become a true hero when he later has to save Metro City, from an even greater threat. The animation is fairly simplistic and presents a surrealistic style, but it does give a light modernization to the original T.V. show and manga. The storyline is pretty much cut and dry, as it has your standard story arc of many heroes going through a journey of self recollection and hardships; only to end up finding their way in the end. However, the main merits of this movie are in its voice acting and direction of the film itself. As each voice actor brought their own sense of conviction and personality to the characters, allowing for the audience to feel the authenticity in their voices as they portrayed the characters. David Bowers and his team of writers do a great job adding just the right amount of drama, comedy, and mischief that captures the heart of the original series. Overall, "Astroboy" may not be one of the biggest animated films of the year, but it's definitely offers one of the best stories. A definite must see for the family.

Pictures of Astroboy throughout the years

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      lol. well you wouldn't be the first person I met that has a crush on an animated character. although i'd be careful, as I think that one girl named Cora, in the film, might like him too. ;) Anyway, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. I'll be sure to put in a good word for you if I ever see Astroboy anytime soon. ;)

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      liz Tenma  7 years ago

      hey peeps just saying love the pre-view and also hes hot even know im 10 and he is HOT!!!! so ohever likes him hes mine (Look at mt name its tenma astros last name)hehe

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      thanks bat115. i'm glad you liked it. yeah, i think it's kind of a shame more people dismissed this film earlier last year, as it truly was a good animated film.

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      Tim 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Good review!

      I caught this recently at the second run dollar theater here in town. I was going to write a hub about it but you had pretty much the same things to say about it that I did. More people need to give it a chance.

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      yeah, it's a lot better than people think. i just find it sad that it didn't get the publicity it deserved though.

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      MistHaven 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Nice review. I think I might just go out and see Astroboy. I've always seen commercials for the anime, but never took the time to actually watch the show.