Astro Boy (2009)

PG   |    |  Animation, Action, Comedy

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When an android replica of a boy is rejected by his aggrieved creator, he goes off to find his own identity in an adventure that would make him the greatest hero of his time.


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16 October 2011 | ebiros2
Why is it so dark ?
Based on a manga by the late Osamu Tezuka, this US version of Astro Boy only takes cursory hint from the original story, and reinvents the entire story.

Dr. Tenma loses his son Tobi, and to substitute for the loss, creates the robot Astro Boy in the image of his late son.

First, the image of this movie is very dark. I see this frequently in 3D animation. I guess it's to hide some weakness that's yet to be overcome in this technology, but this makes things look creepy. A movie that's targeted (I believe) for young audience looks like horror movie in its visuals. Second, the charm that was there in the original Astro Boy saga has been totally stripped away in this Hollywood version. It's increased "reality" is in the wrong direction, and slowed the story down considerably. This often happens in movies translated from original comics (Like Marvel's Fantastic Four). The original manga had lot more speed, and brilliance to the story.

It's recommended that Tezuka's manga be read, and '60s TV anime series seen before seeing this movie. '60s anime series was supervised by Tezuka himself, and there were lot more emotion, and action to Astro Boy's character. People surrounding Astro Boy were lot more "human" as well. Even the more recent TV anime series had better pace than this movie.

So not a very good translation from the original material, and is not recommended for viewing.

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Animation | Action | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


Release Date:

23 October 2009



Country of Origin

Hong Kong, USA

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,702,923 25 October 2009

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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