JT Film Review

17 – Robots (2005)


3/5 stars

Director – Chris Wedge and Carlos Sandanha

Cast – Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Drew Carrey, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes



Robots is the newest animated offering from 20th Century Fox, who also gave us the Ice Age series. It concerns a young robot called Rodney Copperbottom, a young inventor who has dreams outside of his station. He discovers that his idol, inventor Mr. Bigweld, is being replaced at Bigweld Industries, and his successor, Ratchet, is an evil son-of-a-gun (with a doubly evil mother pulling the strings to boot. And to top it all off she’s voiced by… Jim Broadbent?) Rodney journeys to the city to make his fortune and makes many friends along the way, who eventually fight against Ratchet and his gleaming robot army.

robots3The problem with this movie is… well, just read the tagline: “You can shine no matter what you’re made of.” You can see the formula coming a mile away, can’t you. The whole story is filled with pat sayings and condescending emotional messages that were old when Disney decided to make his living off of them. Rodney’s journey from robot-adolescence into robot- adulthood has been seen a million times and would be embarrassing on kids TV; we don’t need to see that kind of stuff at the theaters, we really don’t. We’ve seen it too much already.

Thankfully, the same thing can’t be said about the animation and the “sets”.robots2 The movie is absolutely beautiful visually, the colours are vibrant when they need to be, and perfectly moody when that is called for. The world the robots live in is supremely imaginative; Rude Goldberg-like devices abound as transportation, and the action is staged quite well.

There is alot of inventiveness in this movie, just in the wrong proportions, and in the wrong places. It’s as if they spent the minimum time on scripts possible, and then spent the remaining time on animation. The movie is certainly a good try, but it doesn’t quite get to where it wants to go.


If you’re a kid you will probably enjoy it. There’s enough fart jokes to keep kids laughing nonstop, but the adults may leave feeling they wanted something a bit more. Pixar it ain’t.



“Robots” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia



June 23, 2009 - Posted by | 3 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Family, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , ,

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