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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hollywood Product: Astro Boy

click to enlarge ASTRO BOY: Tobio (Freddie Highmore) tests his newly discovered flying abilities in David Bowers' Astro Boy.
  • ASTRO BOY: Tobio (Freddie Highmore) tests his newly discovered flying abilities in David Bowers' Astro Boy.

GENRE: CGI sci-fi adventure

THE PITCH: When Dr. Tenma’s (Nicolas Cage) son Tobio (Freddie Highmore) meets an unfortunate end, the grief-stricken scientist creates a robotic boy in his son’s image powered by an experimental power source — blue-core energy. Tobio soon learns he’ll never replace his flesh-and-blood predecessor and flees when facing deactivation from his father and war-mongering General Stone (Donald Sutherland). His escape takes the young robot on an action-packed journey where his destiny is ultimately revealed.

MONEY SHOTS: Newly created Tobio accidentally learns he has the ability to fly when he falls out of a window. After he quickly masters his jet-propelled legs, Tobio embarks on an acrobatic flight around and above Metro City in a scene reminiscent of the space ballet between Wall-E and Eva in Pixar’s Wall-E.

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(Photo Courtesy Summit Entertainment)

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