Astro Boy

October 23rd, 2009


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Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.3/10 (10,819 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director: David Bowers

Stars: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him.

Writers: Osamu Tezuka, David Bowers

Charlize Theron - 'Our Friends' Narrator(voice)
Freddie Highmore - Astro / Toby(voice)
Ryan Stiles - Mr. Moustachio / Burning Robot(voice)
Eugene Levy - Orrin(voice)
Nicolas Cage - Dr. Bill Tenma(voice)
Donald Sutherland - President Stone(voice)
Bill Nighy - Dr. Elefun / Robotsky(voice)
David Alan Grier - Mr. Squirt / Math Cowboy / Boxer Robot(voice)
Alan Tudyk - Mr. Squeegee / Scrapheap Head / Stinger Two(voice)
Newell Alexander - General Heckler(voice)
Bob Logan - Stinger One(voice)
Dee Bradley Baker - Trashcan(voice)
Kristen Bell - Cora(voice)
Moises Arias - Zane(voice)
Sterling Beaumon - Sludge(voice)

Taglines: Have a blast.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [China] |

Release Date: 23 October 2009

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,702,923 (USA) (25 October 2009) (3014 Screens)

Gross: $19,548,064 (USA) (17 January 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Astroboy is called by his title name only by Hamegg, and only twice throughout the entire movie. Otherwise he's called Astro, Toby, Robot Boy, or Boy Robot.

Revealing mistakes: Toby's body and his clothes were completely vaporized, but his hat somehow remained perfectly intact.

Astro Boy: What? I got machine guns... in my butt?

User Review

Amazingly BETTER than expected

Rating: 9/10

I just came from an advance screening of Astroboy where I dutifully took my kids at 10 am to watch "this" thinking that if I was lucky I would be able to doze off for a few minutes during the movie. Boy, I couldn't! The story was captivating from the beginning. Yes, it was very directed at kids, you know, the far off humour and such, but when I saw Toby, the genius' "kid", I felt that the movie was after all NOT just a Pinocchio rip-off where an old man made a robot-boy because he was bored or lonely... the reasons behind the creation of Astroboy were tragic and even mature. Of course, if you are a manga aficionado, you may be thinking "duh! that's how's supposed to be", but I am NOT. I barely watched a show now and then when I was a kid (I'm 36 years old... too young for Astroboy), so I wasn't really aware of the story. So I thought, well, this development has to be a fluke inherited from the original story, from then on it should go downhill... but it did NOT. The story is full of tragedy, though decisions that if you think them through you can even understand (like a father understanding that memories cannot truly replace his son), and redemption that may be obvious to superheroes experts, but are very well exposed to a new generation of kids that will witness a clear fight between good and evil (positive and negative forces) adorned with an excellent and adequate portion of comedy. Not just a kid's movie, but a movie that I will surely watch again when my kids "force" me to buy it and to watch it with them dozens of times. Go, Astro!