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Computer-Animated Astro Boy Film's Trailer Streamed

posted on 2008-11-20 20:09 EST
49-second trailer available in 4 resolutions for Osamu Tezuka's robot boy hero

The Moviefone website has begun streaming the trailer for IMAGI's computer-animated film version of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy manga. The 49-second trailer is available in 480-, 720-, and 1080-line resolutions in Apple QuickTime format, as well as in an Adobe Flash-based standard resolution. The Variety entertainment trade news source reported that the trailer would be put before Dreamworks' Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa two weeks ago and will be added to Disney's Bolt this Friday. However, readers have reported that theaters did not include the trailer with Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Moviefone's synopsis describes the movie as follows:

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers. Powered by pure positive "blue" energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, X-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly — not to mention the purest spirit on the planet.

Embarking on a journey across the planet to discover his powers, Astro Boy encounters a netherworld of robot gladiators and other comic characters, and learns the joys and emotions of being human. When he learns his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals all his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City, in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to embrace his place in the world.

David Bowers (Flushed Away) is directing this US$65-million adaptation of the robot boy hero created by Tezuka (Jungle Emperor/Kimba the White Lion, Metropolis, Black Jack). Timothy Harris (Trading Places, Kindergarten Cop) wrote the screenplay. The cast features Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, and Donald Sutherland. The film will open in North America on October 23, 2009.

Source: Twitch

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