Robots

Robots

Carlos Saldanha (2005)

86min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Co-directors Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha swap Pleistocene-era laughs for futuristic fun in their enjoyable follow-up to Ice Age. This visually inventive romp through a world populated entirely by robots uses inspired computer animation to revitalise a familiar story. Leading an eclectic voice cast, Ewan McGregor gives boyish charm to idealistic small-town robot Rodney Copperbottom, who journeys to the big city to make his fortune as an inventor, only to find things are not as easy as he'd hoped. In a crisply created environment that bursts with colour and visual texture, the sci-fi style of the 1950s rubs shoulders with more contemporary designs and landscapes, giving the movie a very attractive sheen. There are a number of ingenious set pieces, too, while the comedy is both light and mischievous. Robin Williams is especially funny and buoyant as Copperbottom's dilapidated street pal Fender, though some of the movie's in-jokes and references will be too obscure for younger viewers.

Summary

Rodney the robot heads for the city, hoping to find an investor for his latest invention. Instead, he winds up clashing with an evil business mogul intent on stopping a manufacturer from making spare parts needed for ageing robots - so Rodney teams up with assorted rusty rejects to put the matter right. Animated adventure, with the voices of Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Greg Kinnear and Amanda Bynes.

Cast & Crew

Rodney Copperbottom Ewan McGregor
Cappy Halle Berry
Lug Robin Williams
Ratchet Greg Kinnear
Piper Amanda Bynes
Bigweld Mel Brooks
Madame Gasket Jim Broadbent
Tim the Gate Guard Paul Giamatti
Aunt Fanny Jennifer Coolidge
Director Carlos Saldanha
Director Chris Wedge
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's