"Astro Boy" a computer-animated gem
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Published: 3/10/2010 6:18 PM
Print this article The computer-animated flick "Astro Boy" is due out on DVD March 16, and it's a must-see. The PG-rated film, which is based on a Japanese series of the same name, provides a fantastic way for a family to spend an evening together.
The story takes place in a floating metropolis, almost a thousand years in the future. Toby (voiced by Freddie Highmore) is a robot built by old scientist Dr. Tenma, (Nicholas Cage) who has lost his son. The machine winds up disappointing the man, and Toby eventually takes off on his own and embarks on a journey filled with self-discovery and adventure.
The film is also voiced by Hollywood hotshots Kristen Bell (Cora), Donald Sutherland (President Stone) and even mega-movie star Samuel L. Jackson (Zog). Charlize Theron also lends her acting abilities to the tale as a narrator.
Fans of CGI sci-fi and fantasy gems such as "Wall-E" and "Spirited Away" will find that "Astro Boy" is a perfect mix of colorful graphics, action and superb futuristic vision.
The film was nominated for two Annie Awards last year, which honor achievement in animation.
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