Astro Boy

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IIn 1951, Osamu Tezuka created a comic book about a boy robot and over the last 50 years we have seen him on television in Japan and the U.S., but now Astro Boy comes to the big screen. Toby (voice of Freddie Highmore) is an intelligent young boy who lives with his scientist father Dr. Tenma, (voice of Nicolas Cage) in Metro City which is suspended above the earth. One day, Toby goes to work with his dad who is in the process of inventing a powerful blue energy source and is killed in a horrific accident. Toby’s grief stricken father builds a robot that looks like Toby and has all of his characteristics and memories. He can also fly, has super powers, X-ray vision and for the kids, he has guns that pop out from his rear. (Sounds like Superman without the guns.) When General Stone (voice of Donald Sutherland) who is trying to start a war so he can become president tries to capture Toby, he escapes to earth which is basically a huge garbage dump where all of the discarded robots are thrown. Here, Toby makes friends with an orphan named Cora (voice of Kristen Bell) and her friends and at this point he changes his name to Astro Boy. While on earth, Astro Boy shows his humanity by befriending a giant robot named Zog (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) only later to have Zog turn against him. With actors such as Charlize Theron and others I previously mentioned this film has fantastic character voices, plenty of action and a heartwarming story about a fathers love for his son. Yes there are many cliché characters that might as well have signs on them that say “Good Guy”, “Bad Guy” and “Funny Guy”. (Maybe I should have a sign on me that says point me to my house when I get lost.) I did enjoy this film but I do wonder if this movie didn’t have such a well known voice cast would I have liked it as much. I’m guessing not. I have seen better and worse animated films and I’m giving this a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.