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Robots
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Starring: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Drew Carey, Robin Williams
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Web Site: www.robotsmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: That's who it's made for.
Date Movie: Only if she's bringing her kids.
Gratuitous Sex: Some adult jokes that are probably over the kid's heads.
Gratuitous Violence: A lot of robots get destroyed.
Action: Lots of robots running around.
Laughs: A few.
Memorable Scene: Catching any scene with something for an adult in it.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Chris Wedge
Produced By: Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin

Robots
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:31 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I canít seem to come up with a witty opening paragraph for this review of the movie "Robots," so letís just get to the story.

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 and mom.

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 conclusion.

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!! L8R!!!

 

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