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Robots

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Chris Wedge
  • 86 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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
Languages
English | Italian
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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