Imagi Animation Studios, which made the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, have made a new CGI animation featuring Astro Boy, the famous manga character created by the god of manga, Osamu Tezuka. The studio announced the project in September 2006 and the film is directed by David Bowers. Freddie Highmore provides the voice for the character of Astro Boy in the movie. The film also features the voices of Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland and Nicolas Cage.
On November 5, 2008, D3Publisher of America announced it would publish video games based on the film. The games are scheduled to be released for console and handheld systems in the fourth quarter of 2009 to coincide with the film’s theatrical release.
IDW Publishing will release a trade paperback entitled Astro Boy: Movie Adaptation written by Scott Tipton and drawn by E.J. Su, as well as an Astro Boy Movie Prequel: Underground written by Scott Tipton and drawn by Diego Jourdan, with the cover artwork painted by Ashley Wood
This film is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive blue energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) 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 encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures, he 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.