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Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Drew Carey, Robin Williams
20th Century Fox
||That's who it's
Only if she's bringing her kids.
||Some adult jokes
that are probably over the kid's heads.
||A lot of robots
||Lots of robots
||Catching any scene
with something for an adult in it.
||Jerry Davis, John
I canít seem to come up with a witty opening paragraph
for this review of the movie "Robots," so letís just get to
A Movie Review
The folks who brought us
"Ice Age" bring us the
adventures of Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor), a robot
with a dream, and his misfit cast of friends. We are
introduced to Rodney as he is "born" into his new family,
with dad missing the delivery of his new son. In this world,
though, babies are delivered as a box of parts, and as mom
explains, itís much more fun to make the baby. Mom and dad
arenít that well off, and they live in the lovely small town
of Rivet City where everyone knows everyone else. As Rodney
is growing up, his clothing consists mostly of
hand-me-downs, but he dreams of being an inventor, thanks to
his hero Bigweld (Mel Brooks), who has a TV show and lives
the slogan "You can shine no matter what youíre made of!",
all the while running Bigweld Industries that make parts and
supplies for robots. When Rodney gets fired from his busboy
job where he worked with his dad (dad is a dishwasher,
literally,) Rodney decides he must find his way to Robot
City where he is sure Bigweld will be impressed with his
coffee-pot invention that can do all kind of fun things.
So Rodney is off to pursue his dream, only he doesnít
realize that strange things are afoot at Bigweld Industries.
It appears Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) and Ratchetís mother have
different plans for the company, namely their plan for world
domination by getting rid of the misfit robots, or "Rusties"
as they are called, and creating an elitist society of
super-duper, wealthy robots. Their plan is simple Ė quit
making replacement parts for the Rusties, only supplying
upgrade kits that the Rusties canít afford, and as the
Rusties become obsolete, they will get rounded up, melted,
and remolded into upgrade kits.
As it would be, Rodney breaks his way into a company
board meeting only to find Bigweld is nowhere to be found,
sees that weird things are going on at the company, and his
dreams of being an inventor seem to be foiled. As he finds
his way into the friendship of some of the Rusties, namely
Fender (Robin Williams), Crank (Drew Carey), and Piper
(Amanda Bynes), he starts putting two and two together,
especially when parts arenít available for his dad, and with
the help of his friends and a revitalized Bigweld (not
really a surprise on the "this is a surprise" part of the
movie,) they work to destroy the dastardly plans of Ratchet
I really wanted to like this movie, and Iíll tell you
what, visually it is utterly amazing what they are able to
do with computer animation these days, but I just couldnít
get involved with the story. The underlying theme, you
should always follow your dreams, was nice, but as I tried
to figure out what was missing, I think it came down to I
couldn't connect with them emotionally, and for me, the
story was too predictable.
I didnít really hear the kids laughing that much, sure
during the inevitable farting scene, but not so much other
than that. With that I canít really give you a rundown if
the kids were entertained, but for me, I was more
entertained by the subtle things that happened, like the
creative use of an electric plug as the sign for the male
robot bathroom and the electric receptacle as the sign for
the female robot bathroom, and even when Fender breaks into
some Britney Spears I had to chuckle, but for the most part
the story just seemed to move along to its logical
For the animation Iím giving "Robots" 5 stars out of 5;
For being entertaining and allowing us to get attached to
the characters itís only 1 star out of 5. Iíll average those
together and knock off Ĺ star because writers need to get
more creative than just putting in a fart joke for cheap
laughs, and itís 2 Ĺ stars out of 5.
Sure, youíll have to take the kids, and there are some
fun things if you really look for them, but for me I just
sat their knowing that somehow Rodney would save the day and
his dad would get the part he needed.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!