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Robots

  • Drama
  • Children's
  • 2005
  • Chris Wedge
  • 86 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Rodney CopperbottomEwan McGregor
CappyHalle Berry
FenderRobin Williams
Phineas T Ratchet Greg Kinnear
BigweldMel Brooks
Crank Drew Carey
Madame GasketJim Broadbent
Piper Amanda Bynes
Aunt FannyJennifer Coolidge
Herb CopperbottomStanley Tucci
Mrs CopperbottomDianne Wiest
Tim the Gate GuardPaul Giamatti
Loretta GeargrinderNatasha Lyonne

Crew

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DirectorChris Wedge
Co directorCarlos Saldanha

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2005-03-18
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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