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Astro Boy
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeffrey Schindler

Co-Orchestrated by:
Larry Groupé
Frank Macchia
Kevin Kliesch
John Ashton Thomas
Jason Livesay

Additional Music by:
Kristopher Gee
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 20th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've been somewhat impressed by John Ottman's previous super-hero music but have always waited for him to conjure a resoundingly memorable and emotionally satisfying score of robust continuity for the genre.

Avoid it... if your preference in the animation genre leans toward a short-cue, slapstick format increasingly common to John Powell, because Astro Boy is a far more cohesive overall packaging of the same general sound.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,303
WRITTEN 10/25/09
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Astro Boy: (John Ottman) Just another example of how CGI is abused by studios attempting to resurrect old concepts, Astro Boy is a production with all the glitz and wit and conflict of any ambitious animated children's film of the 2000's, but with predictably fatal flaws. It is inspired by Tezuka Osamu's popular manga concept of the 1950's (like multiple television series also following in its footsteps), action-oriented and packed with some of the best socio-political messages that anime has had to offer. Somewhere in the translation of the concept into this 2009 film, however, Astro Boy somehow ended up raising allegories about American politics and global energy policies, the battle between red and blue factions, as well as a warmongering president and a young upstart, both thinly masked. Director David Bowers also does little to hide influences from recent Pixar and Fox CGI productions involving robots, eventually allowing the picture to degenerate into a simplistic series of generic techno-battles. The heart of the story suffers because of the extraordinary fallacy of logic involved with the tragedy at the start. When the boy genius is killed in an accident right off the bat and his father constructs a robot just like him to house both the boy's memory and an inexplicably insane about of weaponry, little believable effort is put into explaining the boy's transformation of psyche. With intelligence and logic held at a distance, Astro Boy relies upon being airy and cute to survive, resulting in mindless entertainment for the kids that won't interest adults beyond the occasional subversive political references. Parents might be appreciative that their own kids don't have cannons that emerge from their ass cheeks.



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300 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.33 Stars
***** 75 5 Stars
**** 76 4 Stars
*** 66 3 Stars
** 40 2 Stars
* 43 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 62:59
• 1. Opening Theme (2:06)
• 2. Astro Flies! (3:14)
• 3. Start It Up (3:57)
• 4. Morning Lessons (1:50)
• 5. Blue Core Pursuit (3:58)
• 6. Designing Toby (4:48)
• 7. I Don't Want You (1:22)
• 8. One of Us/Meeting Trashcan (2:29)
• 9. I Love Robots/Hamegg's Story (2:21)
• 10. The RRF/New Friends (2:58)
• 11. Reviving Zog (1:59)
• 12. Reluctant Warrior (4:43)
• 13. Cora's Call (2:27)
• 14. Undercover Robots (0:51)
• 15. Egg on Hamegg (3:29)
• 16. Toby's Destiny (4:31)
• 17. Saving Metro City (3:47)
• 18. Final Sacrifice (2:47)
• 19. Robot Humanity (3:23)
• 20. Theme from Astro Boy (4:34)

Bonus Track:
• 21. "Robots Are Our Friends" Infomercial* (1:27)
* composed by John Ottman and Kristopher Gee

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The insert includes notes about the production from both the director and composer.
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