Astro Boy is a 2009 Hong Kong/American computer-animated action-comedy film loosely based on the manga series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka. It was produced by Imagi Animation Studios, and directed by David Bowers. Freddie Highmore provides the voice of Astro Boy in the film. The film also features the voices of Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Cage. The film was released first in Hong Kong on October 8, 2009, Japan on October 10, 2009 and in the United States on October 23, 2009. The film received mixed reviews from film critics and it earned $41,636,243 on a $65 million budget.
This movie bombed, it’s not too difficult to see why, nothing here is original.
Listing all the influences of Astroboy…..
A father creates a son via ‘electricity’
Piles of junk are scattered across a landscape
Real Steel (Movie with Hugh Jackman)
Robots hitting each other
The Cloud Minders (Star Trek Episode)
A society has split itself, the elites live in the clouds, everyone else on the planet in relative poverty.
Return of the Empire (Star Wars)
Where people live in the sky
Just about all the art design
In the battle, Astroboy is impeded by a force field over the arena, but the drop-ship comes down without a problem.
Astroboy – indestructible. To indicate a tough fight there are a few scuff marks on his face.
Red/Blue energy source. Energy is energy, it doesn’t have ‘evil/good’ intentions.
Despite being a machine, Astroboy appears to eat like everyone else.
An inexhaustible source of energy to power his flying boots.
Guns that appear out of places they can’t fit.