An enjoyable animated science fiction-adventure, David Bowers' "Astro Boy" is sure to entertain younger audiences. Older members of the audience may grow impatient with the film's less-than-impressive animation, but the work has enough overall vigor to engage.
Revolving around a robot created to resemble a scientist's deceased son, the film follows the adventures of a machine who is strikingly human. It is a Pinocchio-like tale with a focus on action and a large heart.
The animation errs toward the side of the lackluster, offering flatness in the absence of depth; but Bowers imbues it all with a sense of fun and kid-friendly danger. Designs are suitable, and the voice-talent is strong. The film moves with a colorful and bouncing energy.
"Astro Boy" will entertain with its science fiction action and solid heart. It may never truly impress, but the film offers a sturdy and capable, family-friendly experience.