While we were waiting for the doctor, another person came in with a little kitty that was meowing like crazy. Oreo heard it and seemed to want to go find that cat, but we don't know if it was because he's desperate for companionship (which doesn't make quite as much sense, because he's seen other cats at the vet before) or because he wanted to help a fellow cat in distress. He's such a good kitty. We are still wanting to get another cat, but we're also still having a hard time seeing any and going, "That's the one!" Also, we currently have no money.
But more importantly, yesterday we saw Astro Boy and it was amazing and wonderful, and we're a little sad we used our free movie tickets on it, because it totally deserves our financial support. If we had money, we'd go see it again.
I think this would be a good movie to go into without knowing a thing about it, because then the shocking stuff will be more like, "Whoa, did they really just do that!?" Though on the other hand, I guess most anime fans would probably have heard a little bit about the premise of Astro Boy. But on the other hand, we only knew the premise of Astro Boy because we recently did that Crunchyroll thing that talks a bunch about Osamu Tezuka's other works, and we did a little reading up on things. So anyway, for those of you who insist on knowing what it's about...
This super-genius scientist guy loses his son in an accident, and the grief is so bad that he goes crazy and makes a robot to replace his son. The scene where the kid dies was like, "Oh, what!?" I mean, if you know it's going to happen, it's easy to see it coming, but man! That... well, it makes sense that the father went insane. What didn't make quite as much sense is that the boy's hat was still completely intact afterwards, but we decided that the Ministry of Science made the hat out of some kind of super, indestructible material. Like the same stuff they made the shield out of. Obviously the boy was wearing regular, non-Ministry clothes, which is why they got vaporized, too.
The other thing that seemed kind of off was that if this guy just wants a replacement son, and doesn't want that son to know he's a robot, why would he make him with jet feet and rocket hands? But that's easily explained by the fact that Dr. Tenma was obviously not thinking very clearly, and while he was adding all these safety features to make sure the boy wouldn't die again, he didn't consider the fact that once they activated (they always activated automatically the first time), the kid would think, "Hey, what the!? I must be a robot!" Or maybe he hoped the danger would pass so quickly that New Toby wouldn't notice.
We had a few issues with the voice acting (mostly Nicolas Cage; he's just not a voice actor), but the animation was fantastic. All the emotion they put into this little robot kid. He had different smiles like a sad smile, a "I'm confused but I'm going to go along with what you're saying" smile, and of course a genuinely happy smile. And all the little gestures that really make it real, like when he tried to tell Cora that he's a robot, and ended up not being able to say it, and he made this little face. So cute!
The RRF was hilarious. We can just imagine, since the feather they ended up with was just a regular pigeon feather, what happened. They saw it, lying on the ground, and there was like the light from the heavens and the chorus going "Aaaahh♪" and they're all like, "Gaaaaaasp!!" Oh! And there were other little details that just added to the entertainment, like when the physics teacher was reading a book called, "Math! It's not all boring."
In sum, it's an awesome movie, and if you were thinking about seeing it but weren't sure you wanted to, you should definitely go see it! And if you didn't even realize it existed but like good family entertainment, you should definitely go see it!
When we walked over to Office Depot to get ink for our printer back when we walked to Office Depot to get ink for our printer, they had DVDs of the series on sale for only ten dollars! We were ready to go right over there and buy one today! except that we really are out of money, and it's really kind of sad. Also, since the series was on... Fox or the WB or something like that, we realized the DVDs might not have a Japanese track, which would be sad. So we'll check, and if they don't, we'll go shopping around other places where we can get the Japanese track.
Today I'm thankful for getting to see Astro Boy, getting to wean Oreo off of his medicine, getting to spend time with Celeste and Sarah last night, crunchy Reese's at the 99cents Only Store, and the adorableness of Astro.