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by Mark Rodger-Snelson

"Technically brilliant with plenty of laughs thrown in too"
4 stars

Although Robots shares very similar themes to Shark Tale, in the fact that it is about a son of an average Joe who has dreams of making it big in the city, it surpasses that undersea adventure with its wildly creative inventiveness and a much stronger wit.

Rodney Copperbottom is a young robot who ambitiously heads off to Robot City in the hope of being taken on as an inventor by Bigweld Industries, the biggest spare parts provider in the city who specialise in new technologies and spare parts for robots. It is also owned and run by Rodney’s idol, Mr Bigweld.

Once in Robot City however, Rodney finds all is not what he expected with Bigweld Industries being taken over by the corporate tyrant Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) who has no time for second class citizens and literally sees them as scrap metal. He has discontinued all of the spare parts line with the only option being a very expensive upgrade that only the rich would be able to afford. Meanwhile Mr Bigweld seems to have disappeared without a trace.

As Rodney navigates around this robotic metropolis he meets a ragtag group of robots who call themselves the Rusties. Fender (Robyn Williams) immediately becomes Rodney’s best buddy in Robot City and with the rest of the Rusties they embark on a mission to foil the evil plans of Ratchet and his domineering mother Madame Gasket (Jim Broadbent) in order to save Robot City.

Although it seems odd that animation studios will hire an American to do a Scottish accent (Mike Myers in Shrek) and now a Scotsman to do an American in Robots, Ewan McGregor does do a splendid job here. In fact all the entire cast hits the spot but it is Robyn Williams who completely steals the show with his flamboyant portrayal of a decrepit bot with a heart of gold and wicked sense of humour. The animation is breathtaking with a standout being the unique travel system in Robot City which is shown in a spectacularly clever sequence that is like a cross between the board game Mouse Trap and Sonic the Hedgehog. Another nice touch is the perfect use of Tom Waits’ Underground in the scrap metal factory scene.

Visually in Robots there is so much going on that it is hard to take it all in with a single viewing. Admittedly the plot is not as detailed or as clever as the Shrek films or even more recently The Incredibles but the characters are endearing, it is very funny and is technically outstanding making this blemish instantly forgivable. It is a kid’s film after all and the target audience are bound to love it and there is plenty of fun for the adults too.

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4/06/12 SEAN DUTRA weak form the company unenjoyable 2 stars
2/28/12 Sariah It is really cute at the beginning and is visually pleasing but it lacks story 3 stars
1/01/09 Sully my 7 yr old loved it....I almost fell asleep.... 4 stars
6/26/08 Mario Good movie, but its nothing special. 4 stars
10/05/07 Jodi We love it. Not sure what people expect from a childs movie. It was funny & Visual! 5 stars
7/02/06 George Great looking movie with nothing inside 3 stars
5/06/06 dionwr Visually wonderful with forgettable story 3 stars
5/02/06 Ryan_A Meh. Visually stunning, but soulless. 3 stars
5/02/06 David Cornelius see above review 3 stars
5/02/06 HBS-SH connelly's cans 3 stars
4/22/06 Jack Very Dissapointing 3 stars
3/28/06 Brian Meyer Another discharge from the Dreamworks CGI playbook 1 stars
1/06/06 JM Synth People seem to pre-judge this on the fact its not pixar, but this was actually pretty good 4 stars
12/24/05 Michele cute and funny 4 stars
10/16/05 Quigley the story is undeveloped, but williams was awesome and the movie visually stunning 3 stars
9/29/05 tatum Nice visuals, dry story 3 stars
9/27/05 rafi Great ! 5 stars
9/21/05 Jonathon Holmes Robin Willams saves this predictable screenplay 3 stars
9/08/05 Tom Burns A very imaginative and enjoyable film. Robin Williams was great. 4 stars
8/30/05 ES Better than Valiant but ultimately its no Shrek 3 stars
8/08/05 Del Not bad. 3 stars
7/03/05 Jay Norris Fabulously Family Fun! 5 stars
6/30/05 John Ay Enjoyable for adults and children. Robin Williams was a riot as always. 5 stars
6/11/05 Lucy Screw you this was hilarious. Everyone nailed it. Especially Mrs. Trumbly as Big Weld! 5 stars
5/03/05 Gary Good effects but ultimately not satisfying 4 stars
5/01/05 Alyson Loved the movie and feelings between the characters. Ewan made me love RodneyC. 5 stars
4/25/05 Quigley lacked heart and tons of laughs, but there were its moments. Robin Williams was awesome! 3 stars
4/17/05 iteachpc Very good movie; we enjoyed it! 4 stars
4/07/05 drfardook Its a corporate children's movie. Smoke a joint if you're over 11 and its ok. 3 stars
4/04/05 Smitty Saw it at IMAX - the plot is boring but the movie is visually stunning 4 stars
4/03/05 M if it wasnt for robin this would of been straight to video! 3 stars
4/02/05 irene diaz Not funny, my kid got bored and I did too 2 stars
3/26/05 Greg Ursic Oh Robin, where is the wit? A blah movie at best with little for adults or kids. 2 stars
3/25/05 Chance Had the potential to be really good 3 stars
3/25/05 malcontent clunkier than nemo, more eye-popping than monsters inc. 3 stars
3/25/05 KingNeutron Going to be a classic; but Brooks wasn't convincing. RWilliams was awesome as usual, tho. 5 stars
3/24/05 monnilove cute interesting , not a must see again though 4 stars
3/22/05 Kevin Rose Good kids movie. 3 stars
3/21/05 Elizabeth S Found it a bit boring -- characters aren't very engaging. 3 stars
3/19/05 Mark McLeod It's alright in IMAX but still not as good as a Pixar movie 3 stars
3/19/05 PAMELA HANSEN you have to be a kid at heart to like this movie laughed all night long i loved it 5 stars
3/18/05 felicia very humorous movie 4 stars
3/18/05 Tyrantis Would have been better if it had less characters and more character development. 3 stars
3/17/05 mott the drupal fun Fun FUN 5 stars
3/16/05 Andrea Really cute! Funny, too - altho lots of "bathroom" humor for the 12 year old set. 4 stars
3/15/05 Kenneth Silver Movie where animation wins over plot, could use a heart 3 stars
3/14/05 Jeff Anderson Visually eye-catching & sometimes funny, but a mean cruel edge & a weak script KILL IT!!!!! 2 stars
3/13/05 Ryan Nearly Nemo, slow starter... 3 stars
3/13/05 Melina Visually stunning, cute and funny 4 stars
3/12/05 brody not the greatest but good for kids, kind of silly 3 stars
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  11-Mar-2005 (PG)
  DVD: 27-Sep-2005



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