Robots

  • U
  • Chris Wedge (2005)
  • US
  • 86 min
Robots
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Animated comedy adventure from the directors of Ice Age, featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor and Robin Williams. In a world populated by robots, idealistic small-town android Rodney Copperbottom travels to Robot City in search of employment with iconic inventor Bigweld. But on arrival, Rodney is dismayed to find that his idol has been sidelined by a profit-obsessed megalomaniac.

Cast and crew

Cast

Rodney Copperbottom
Ewan McGregor
Cappy
Halle Berry
Fender
Robin Williams
Phineas T Ratchet
Greg Kinnear
Bigweld
Mel Brooks
Crank
Drew Carey
Madame Gasket
Jim Broadbent
Piper
Amanda Bynes
Aunt Fanny
Jennifer Coolidge
Herb Copperbottom
Stanley Tucci
Mrs Copperbottom
Dianne Wiest
Tim the Gate Guard
Paul Giamatti
Loretta Geargrinder
Natasha Lyonne

Crew

Director
Chris Wedge
Co-Director
Carlos Saldanha

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on video and DVD
Released 18 Mar 2005
Certificate U
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Categories
Childrens
Drama

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