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Astro Boy
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04.09.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
David Bowers

Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Freddie Highmore
Kristen Bell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When his son dies in a lab accident, a scientist creates a cyborg replacement that possesses his sonís memories. However, when the scientist has difficulty accepting the robot as his son, the cyborg leaves on a journey of self-discovery, and Ė in the process, becomes a super-hero called ASTRO BOY.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím probably the wrong guy to review ASTRO BOY. Iíve never seen the old Japanese cartoon this is based on, and Iím extremely difficult to please when it comes to animated adventures. I try not to be a snob, but usually, unless the film in question is Pixar, I have a difficult time relating to a cartoon. Now, I know there are loads of great Anime out there, but itís really just not my thing.

Nevertheless, I tried to watch ASTRO BOY with an open mind. While itís fairly slick and well paced, I still had a very hard time getting into it. Obviously, this was an expensive film, with the animated effects coming off as slick (perhaps too much so, as the overly polished animation lacked personality), and the voice cast being very high end (it includes Nicolas Cage, Freddie Highmore, Bill Nighy, Nathan Lane, Charlize Theron, and Kristen Bell). Still, after the first twenty minutes or so, my mind began to wander, and the rest of the film just kinda faded into the background, and by the time it was over I could barely remember a thing about it.
THE EXTRAS
Despite ASTRO BOY being a flop upon it's release, it comes to Blu-ray with a solid selection of extras that should please fans of the film. Helping matters is that the bonus material is presneted in HD, which is a nice touch many studios tend to ignore. The extras include:
Two Deleted Animated Sequences Inside the Recording Booth: which gives us a look at the high profile voice cast (Cage seems to be doing a lot of this recently).
Rounding things out are three more featurettes, Designing a Hero Building Metro City Getting the Astro Boy Look , and finally, there's also an image gallery
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
My sentiments aside, if you go for this kind of thing, you might like ASTRO BOY. While itís certainly no INCREDIBLES, (or even MONSTERS VS ALIENS) it would probably be passable enough time filler for kids or hard-core ASTRO BOY fans.
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