Saturday, October 17 - Sunday, October 18, 2009
First screening of new CG animated film starring Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Samuel Jackson, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Cage as “Dr. Tenma”.
The futuristic world of Metro City is a gleaming island in the sky where the wealthy and powerful are waited on hand and foot by robots. There the brilliant Dr. Tenma creates Astro Boy to replace his dead son Toby, and he programs his new creation with the best of human values and endows him with extraordinary superpowers. But Astro Boy is dealt a cruel double blow when he is cast out of his grieving father’s home and discovers that he is a robot and not a human boy. Unaccepted by either humans or machines, he decides to travel to the earth’s surface, where he befriends a crew of orphans who accept him as part of their motley family.
The new ASTRO BOY is a high-octane animated adventure, taking joy in aerial acrobatics as the title character swoops and crashes through the modern floating metropolis and battles robots in the dilapidated surface world. But most importantly, the film preserves Tezuka’s message that, beyond the jet-powered feet and laser-cannon arms, Astro Boy’s sense of duty and willingness to sacrifice in defense of his friends and family are what truly make him human.
Presented by Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios.
- Rating PG
- Year 2009
- Running Time 94 minutes
- Director David Bowers
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