Parents' Guide to

Astro Boy

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Action-packed adventure a fun bet for young superhero fans.

Movie PG 2009 94 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 7+

I loved the story. The characters were perfect. It brought back memories of watching the show as a child. My 7 year old boy watched it and absolutely loves astro boy. Tells me on a daily basis how much he loves it. Shame it flopped as big names in the movie and was left wide open for a sequel.
age 6+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (36 ):

Director David Bowers (Flushed Away) isn't revolutionary in his approach to animation, but he has a keen eye for action sequences. He also cleverly captures the comedy and tragedy of a robot who thinks he's a boy who realizes he's a superhero. Highmore has the perfectly sweet, emotive voice to play Astro Boy, and Cage sounds appropriately haunted as Dr. Tenma, who really just wants his son back. The scene-stealers are Sutherland and Lane, both of whom provide the movie's laughs by playing their characters as amusing and incredibly twisted egomaniacs.

Equal parts AI, Pinocchio, and WALL-E, Astro Boystrongly recalls each with its themes of a robot clone made for a grieving parent, an artificial boy wanting to become real, and the scary prospect of a future in which Earth becomes nearly uninhabitable and people must live somewhere else completely dependent on technology.But kids will be mostly unaware of these heavier themes,except for those who understand the obvious allusion to Pinocchio. Older viewers will get a kick out of the deceitful, hawkish General Stone, whose campaign slogans ("It's Not Time for Change") and outright desire for war are reminiscent of George C. Scott's General Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove. Astro Boy may not launch a thousand sequels, but its humor and boy-friendly superhero premise make for an entertaining diversion.

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