Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Osamu Tezuka and Timothy Harris
Samuel L. Jackson,
Set in futuristic Metro City, "Astro Boy" is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist. Powered by positive “blue” energy, "Astro Boy" is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger, "Astro Boy" marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero.
"Astro Boy" will propel your family into a wonderful world of imagination. This movie soars. I found it to be entertaining, funny, imaginative, and I enjoyed the ninety plus minutes immensely. Astro Boy, like many of us, faces his doubts and wonders if he truly has what it takes to make a difference in the world, especially considering the fact he is not human but is a created being with added human characteristics. But he makes some friends along the way who tend to be the kind of friends we all long for, loyal and true. With great enemies to face, and the safety of the planet at stake, Astro Boy will soon learn what he is truly made of. The film includes several great shots of Astro Boy ascending into the sky and the animation is terrific.
Dove gladly awards this film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages twelve plus due to some violence but it is set in an imaginary world and most kids will be fine watching the film.
Content Description: Sex: None Language: Holy Cow-1; Stupid garbage eater-1; Idiot-1; Butt-1 Violence: Several vehicle crashes; battles against evil robots; a young boy dies but lives on in another form; a character is zapped; good robots fight evil ones; robots chase a certain character; an alien dog hits a character who winds up being fine. Drugs: None Nudity: Girl in bikini. Other: One character says that he hates losing and that anyone could just ask any of his ex-wives; a father misses his son.