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The first fifteen minutes of its dialogue was groan-inducing...this,
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The film manages to canvass some rather complex ideas regarding
robotics, which really raise the quality of the story to a higher
level. Characters have some shades of grey which are much appreciated.
The animation is strong, though it is a little too Western in
appearance at times, and it would have been nice to see a bit more
Unfortunately, the lack of the classic music theme does leave a gaping
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Fantastic From Start to Finish!!!
"Flushed Away" co-director David Bowers makes his stand-alone directing
debut on the $65-million, Summit Entertainment, big-screen remake of
"Astro Boy," the first example of anime that Japanese television
broadcast in 1963. Initially, "Astro Boy" went by the name Tetsuwan
Atomu, or Mighty Atom. Later, when the character made his debut on
American television, the fictional robotic protagonist acquired the
name of Astro Boy. Naturally, "Kindergarten Cop" scenarist Timothy
Harris and Bowers have diverged slightly from the original, but they
have kept the essential storyline largely intact. Historically, "Astro
Boy" made his literary debut in Japanese comic books back in 1952.
Osamu Tezuka, who created "Astro Boy" and has since been hailed as "the
God of Manga," turned his back on a career in medicine to write stories
about an android "Pinocchio" whose feats of strength and speed more
than match the DC Comics' hero Superman. The success of the original
Japanese television show spurred a remake both in 1983 and in 2003.
Essentially, this pint-sized automaton spends its time waging a
perpetual war on crime, evil, and injustice. Humans that hate robots,
robots-run-amok, and alien invaders constitute Astro Boy's primary
adversaries. Excellent computer-generated animation, charismatic voice
performances by Nicholas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Kristin Bell, and
Nathan Lane, and Bowers' energetic helming make this 94-minute opus
refreshing as well as worth watching.
This fantastic but formulaic Japanese-animated science fiction
adventure epic takes place in a futuristic society where robots perform
all the menial tasks and are discriminated against because they lack
humanity. A father loses his son during a laboratory mishap involving a
military robot implanted with a core substance that enables it to defy
the three rules of robots as established by sci-fi guru Isaac Asimov.
The brilliant but selfish scientist Dr. Tenma (Nicholas Cage) has
created 'the Peacekeeper,' a hulking cyborg that General Stone (Donald
Sutherland of "M.A.S.H.") has commissioned to solidify his presidency
from all contenders. Tenma's inquisitive whiz-kid son Tobias (Freddie
Highmore of "The Spiderwick Chronicles") wants to witness the robot
trials. Tenma has Toby locked up for safety, but this smarty pants
schoolboy figures a way to escape. Later, he finds himself trapped in
the same area with the heavily armed Peacekeeper robot. When the
machine tries to penetrate a force shield with awesome array of
armaments, the blasts render it useless and atomize Tobias. The
grieving Dr. Tenma retrieves the only remnant of his son: a baseball
cap. He takes a strand of hair from the cap, extracts the DNA, pulls
out all of the memories and inserts them into a cyborg version of his
son. The allusion to Pinocchio is clearly obvious. Unfortunately, Tenma
tires of his son the robot and pines for the real McCoy. The catch here
is the robotic version of the boy does not know that he is a robot.
Eventually, the father cannot stand the sight of the robot because he
knows that it is not his son. As it turns out, the robot has a
blue-core in its chest that allows it to pull off some pretty amazing
stunts. When the evil political leader wants Dr. Tenma to remove the
blue core from his son to put into the war robot, the father turns
against him. Astro Boy escapes, but is exiled when enough explosions
knock him off the floating chunk of earth called Metro City to the
ground below where rusting robots lay piled in heaps. Metro City is a
solitary island of land that levitates above the polluted earth. Astro
Boy discovers new companions, orphaned humans, but he also realizes now
that he is a robot. He can understand what robots are saying when they
speak. Now, Astro Boy has to keep his identity a secret from his new
friends, foremost of whom is a pretty little thing named Cora (Kristen
Bell of "Veronica Mars"). These kids scour the earth for robot parts
for another scientist, Ham Egg (Nathan Lane of "The Producers") who
rebuilds robots and matches them against each other in gladiatorial
struggles to the death in a coliseum Roman style. Astro Boy helps
rebuild a gigantic robot named ZOG and Ham Egg reveals Astro Boy's
secret and forces him to fight ZOG. The only problem is that Astro Boy
refuses to kill. Meanwhile, the evil military leader, General Stone
(Donald Sutherland of "M.A.S.H") sends forces to retrieve Astro Boy.
One of the funniest scenes occurs when Astro Boy is battling a
"Transformers" style robot and learns that he is equipped with a pair
of machine guns loaded into his buttocks! Director David Bowers never
lets the momentum slow down. The hyper-kinetic action scenes are
spectacular with our underdog champ Astro Boy pitted against some
wicked foes that want him dead. The theme of racial intolerance
pervades the action with robots seen as our inferiors untilin the
words of one humanAstro Boy emerges with more humanity than most
humans. Occasionally, Bowers' film takes on a grim feeling,
particularly when Dr. Tenma turns against his son. What sets "Astro
Boy" apart from the usual competition is the subtlety of its storyline.
This colorful storytelling is ideal for both children and adults..