October 20th, 2009
10:53 AM ET

The adventures of 'Astro Boy' and 'Balloon Boy'

Warning: mild 'Astro Boy' spoilers ahead.


Monday night, I covered the premiere of "Astro Boy" in Hollywood. 

So, what do "Astro Boy" and "Balloon Boy" have in common? Neither of the boys lived up to their parents’ desires.  

"Astro Boy" is a robot created by a scientist in the likes of a son he lost, in hopes of filling a void. "Balloon Boy" is about a son named Falcon Heene, used by selfish, fame-chasing parents as a tool in a fictional scenario.

Astro Boy is not able to meet his father's needs and goes on a journey in search of acceptance. Falcon goes on numerous public interviews and gets sick on national TV, and now his parents are being accused of carrying out a hoax.

Eventually, Astro Boy becomes a hero who saves a city –- Balloon Boy’s future is questionable.

While most stars on the red carpet chose not to voice their opinions on the Heene family, Eugene Levy summed it up like this: “This is a guy who takes his kids to chase hurricanes and thinks it’s cool. That’s where you have to start. The story right now has come almost full circle… it’s pretty bizarre, this is not your typical family situation.”

Where do you think the future lies with Falcon Heene and his brothers, his whole family?

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  1. Vickie Campbell

    The media needs to stop focusing on the balloon boy. You, the media are participating 15 min. Of fame. The child was actually not in any danger. Possible a CPS referral is in order. My husband is an ER physician and he see's physically abused children quite regularly and rarely are these kids removed from the home. True criminals are getting less punishment than this guy. Yes the guy is weird but come on.

    October 21, 2009 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pablo Cruz

    I see a reality show with Heene Sr and Rod Blagojevich. They are both shameless self-promoters, caught red-handed and hoisted, publicly, by their own petards.

    October 20, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. c

    do not , absolutely do NOT give them ANY kind of show! to think if this saga was even REMOTELY staged, a hoax is just disgusting or disturbing, i havent made up my mind yet...just a sick cry for attention( the family has been featured before in wife swap, maybe even 2 times?) they've gotten bit by the reality tv show bug... and want more..just my opinion...

    October 20, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |

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