Astro Boy Pre-Release Screening

New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) presents two special advance screenings of Astro Boy--a modern take on the iconic character created by Osamu Tezuka, whose original Astro Boy introduced the world to Japanese anime. He is considered one of the most visionary and gifted animators of all time.

The film will be screened on Sat & Sun, Oct 17 & 18, 2009, starting at 11:00am at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third). Post-screening Q&A with director David Bowers will be held at both shows.

The 95 min. all-new CG-animated 2009 film features a star-studded voice cast including Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Samuel Jackson, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Cage as Dr. Tenma.

The futuristic world of Metro City is a gleaming island in the sky where the wealthy and powerful are waited on hand and foot by robots. There the brilliant Dr. Tenma creates Astro Boy to replace his dead son Toby, and he programs his new creation with the best of human values and endows him with extraordinary superpowers. But Astro Boy is dealt a cruel double blow when he is cast out of his grieving father's home and discovers that he is a robot and not a human boy. Unaccepted by either humans or machines, he decides to travel to the earth's surface, where he befriends a crew of orphans who accept him as part of their motley family.

The new Astro Boy is a high-octane animated adventure, taking joy in aerial acrobatics as the title character swoops and crashes through the modern floating metropolis and battles robots in the dilapidated surface world. But most importantly, the film preserves Tezuka's message that, beyond the jet-powered feet and laser-cannon arms, Astro Boy's sense of duty and willingness to sacrifice in defense of his friends and family are what truly make him human.

Presented by Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios, the film is produced by Maryann Garger and directed by David Bowers. Director Bowers will be available for a post-screening Q&A after each showing.

Tickets are subject to ticketing service charge and are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after purchase. NYICFF 2009 is sponsored by HSBC Premiere, Time Warner Cable, Parents, Scholastic, and HBO. NYICFF 2009 is made possible with public funds from the NY State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The film is Rated PG and is recommended ages 5 to 12.

Though advance Tickets To the Sunday Screening and Blast-Off Party are sold out, additional tickets may be released to the public. It will be announced by e-mail.

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Astro Boy Pre-Release Screenings
New York Int'l Children's Film Festival
11 am
Sat & Sun, Oct 17 & 18, 2009
IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third)
New York