Astro Boy is one of those DVDs that you think is probably going to suck, but your interested enough to want to see it. Well at least that was what it was like for me. And to be honest I didn’t really know much about it, besides the apparently obvious ‘fact’ that it’s about a little Superman wanna be. You know, a kid who can fly and do cool super-hero stuff. Of course what I thought I knew proved to be not quite on the ball, and the film ended up be surprisingly good.
Set in the future, where mankind has over polluted the earth, scientists devise a way to grab the last remaining pristine area of earth and turn it into a floating city hovering in the earth’s atmosphere. Only the best people are allowed to live is this pristine city, the rest of humanity has to slum in down on earth.
Living the the city is a scientist and his son. The scientist discovers two balls of great power, one blue and one red, and wants to use them for good, but of course the military get involved and want to build a weapon. Along the way, the scientist’s only son dies and as part of his grieving creates a human robot boy, using the blue power core.
The Military have plans for the scientist’s new robotic son, who eventually ends up falling to earth and finding out the true meaning of family, but also the true nature of the darker side of humanity.
of course we know that good prospers over evil, as it does in Astro Boy, but the really cool thing about Astro Boy’s storyline is that it illustrates perfectly that hatred will only lead to destruction, and that love is an unlimited supply of power. This coupled with lovable characters and a great visual style, make Astro Boy the perfect family DVD.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: May 19th, 2010
Stars: Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Freddie Highmore, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Matt Lucas
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio
Director: Bowers, David
Studio: Sony Pictures
• Designing a Hero
• Getting the Astro Boy Look
• Inside the Recording Booth
• Building Metro City
• Astro Boy Image Gallery: Creating a Global Icon
• Astro Boy Vs. Junkyard Pirates
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