3 stars, (PG)

Astro Boy is a colorful, computer-animated cross between A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Frankenstein, based on the popular graphic novel by Osamu Tezuka. The film is about young robot Astro (Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) who is created in a lab to replicate a scientist's dead son. But when Astro is banished from his home, he goes on a quest to the robot graveyard to find his true identity. Astro Boy keeps Tezuka's trademarks of well-developed characters and moral situations as seen in Astro's constant struggle to find himself in a world that takes much for granted. But the film lacks the emotional detail of a Tezuka novel, a quality that made the man so revolutionary. However, it should be enough to thrill children and even get a few older kids to enjoy it too.

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