Bill Nighy (on the left) as Professor Elefun in Astroboy
Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man’s expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him.
Bill Nighy does the voice of Dr. Elefun, the kind head of the Ministry of Science with curly white hair and a giant nose.
Bill about Astro Boy
I didn’t really know about Astro Boy, but as soon as … a few things were explained to me, I was so pleased to be in Astro Boy,” Nighy said. “They have statues in Japan of Astro Boy. They have whole stores, obviously, dedicated to Astro Boy. I love Astro Boy. I’ve seen some of it and it looks really smart and really cool. I’m hoping to go to Tokyo in October for the premiere. I’d love to be there, because it will be such a big event.”
Nighy added, “I love the images. I love the script. I love the whole spirit of the thing, the idea that this boy, who is supposed to be a robot without any emotions or emotional life, in fact, quite the reverse is true. And then you have a deeply contemporary story about—guess what—the threat to the environment and how military development can harm the world. But, mostly, I just love the figure of Astro Boy and the kind of tragic but heroic elements about him. And Elefun, he’s the voice of reason. He’s the voice of compassion and sense, and he also has an instinctive understanding that, although a robot, Astro Boy has some kind of inner life.”
Bill is voicing the little curly grey haired professor, professor Elefun.
Astro Boy is planned to be released on the 23rd of October, 2009.