Robots (2005)

logoDirector: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, Lower Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (Screenplay) Ron Mita, Jim McClain, David Lindsay-Abaire (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Mel Brooks, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Giamatti, Greg Kinnear, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, Robin Williams


Plot: Rodney Copperbottom (McGregor) dreams of becoming a world famous inventor and work for world famous inventor Bigweld (Brooks). Once Rodney gets to the big city he discovers his dreams won’t happen after new tyrant Ratchet (Kinnear) has taken over Bigweld industries. Ratchet has plans to stop repairing robots and only offer expensive upgrades from recycled robots. Rodney teams up with some other old robots including Fender (Williams) Piper (Bynes) and an executive from Bigweld Cappy (berry) to bring back Bigweld and happiness in the robot world.


Unlikely Heroes
Unlikely Heroes

Verdict: A nice film about believe in your dreams

Story: A nice story showing how it doesn’t matter where you have come from you can achieve something that you believe in. It also tells how inspiration can come from places you would never look before. It looks at the idea that a lot of humans would like to change things about them when they are fine the way they are and makes the point about how we are commercialising it. (9/10)


Character Review: Rodney Copperbottom – Idealistic young robot who is naïve in the big world but soon learns that he can change it all for the good. Very likeable character that is Mr serious to Fender Mr laughs. (9/10)


Character Review: Fender – Wise cracking, quick talking robot who is about to break down somehow ends up taking Rodney along with him. If any animated character has ever been better cast than Robin Williams I will be very surprised. Comic Relief Award, Smooth Talker Award, Funniest Character Award (9/10)


Character Review: Cappy – Helps track down Bigweld and becomes a love interest for Rodney. Is a more serious character but drowned out do to the many laughs Fender and Piper get. (7/10)


Character Review: Bigweld – Inspirational inventor whose ideas made Rodney the robot he grew up to be. After being pushed out of his company becomes a bit of a recluse before coming to help bring back his company. Good leader and very well voiced by Mel Brooks. (8/10)


Character Review: Piper – The awkward teenage robot who gets embarrassed easily and gets a crush on Rodney. Even though it is a smaller role Piper gets just as many laughs Fender. Scene Stealer Award, They Have the Laughs Award (9/10)


Character Review: Ratchet – Evil tyrant who takes over Bigweld and along with his mother wants to take out all the damaged and old robots for new shiny models. Good villain shows signs of weakness throughout but also shows his greed and power hungry side. (8/10)


Director Review: Chris Wedge, Carlos SaldanhaFollowing up Ice Age these two directors show how much skill they have in this animated genre. (9/10)


Comedy: Some very good laughs and reference to other films and robot stories. (9/10)

Animation: Brilliant animation creating a couple of whole robot cities. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: Happy ending may make you dwell up a bit. (4/10)

Settings: Brilliant robot world using robot abilities in everyday items in and around cities. (9/10)

Oscar Chances
: Faced stiff competition and didn’t get nominated but was better than Shark Tale and Shrek 2 that did get nominated.

Chances of Sequel: Made enough money for a sequel but never been talked about, it could have a sequel the options are there.

Suggestion: A family film that could appeal to all, it has plenty of jokes for everyone both young and adult. It seems to be an animated film many people have forgotten and it would be one I would be suggesting to people from now on. (Watch)


Best Part: Domino scene.

Funniest Scene: Fender breaks out and starts dancing during a fight.

Favourite Quote: Rodney ‘This is our moment to shine, to show them what we’re made of.’ Fender ‘In my case it’s a rare metal called afraidium.’

Similar Too: Despicable Me, Ice Age


Overall: Great Family animated film


Rating 85

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