Hollywood has had a difficult time of adapting popular Japanese Anime and Manga properties into successful film franchises. Last year's Dragonball Evolution missed the mark and attempts to adapt other Anime or Manga properties into feature films have proved futile. But that could all change with the release of the CGI Animated adaptation of the absolutely adored Japanese Manga series, Astro Boy, opening in theaters on October 23rd. We had the chance to talk to Kristen Bell, Freddie Highmore, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy, some of the actors who lend their voices to the film, along with director David Bowers to find out a about the new film and what fans can expect from this CGI Animated Magna series adaptation. To watch our exclusive interview click on the video clip below.
A thrilling tale of a true hero, Astro Boy is an all-new, feature film full of action, adventure, humor and heart, brought to life in breathtaking CGI animation. Narrated by Charlize Theron and 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 is 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. Also starring Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Samuel L. Jackson and Nathan Lane and directed by David Bowers, Astro Boy flies into theaters everywhere on October 23rd.