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Robots is a 2005 American computer-animated science fiction adventure comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Chris Wedge and produced by Jerry Davis, William Joyce, and John C. Donkin, and stars the voices of Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear, Mel Brooks, Amanda Bynes, Drew Carey, and Robin Williams.
In a world of sentient robots, striving young inventor Rodney Copperbottom wants to work for the avuncular Bigweld, whose Bigweld Industries makes spare robot parts. But Bigweld has just been deposed as company head by the villainous Phineas T. Ratchet, who wants to make all robots submit to profitable forced upgrades. In this animated adventure, Rodney and his friend Fender go underground to fight Ratchet's evil plans.
Why It Rocks
- Very solid animation and nice visuals.
- Incredible world-building.
- Plenty of likable characters, like Rodney Copperbottom, Fender, Piper and Bigweld.
- Top-notch voice acting.
- Cool soundtrack by John Powell.
- It delivers some strong messages about following your dreams and never giving up.
- The whole childhood Rodney had is cute and funny.
- Some of the jokes are very immature and unsuitable for a kids film, such as the beginning where the father hammers a robot private part to the main character in order to make it a boy.
- Fender can be annoying at times.
- The story is probably the weakest aspect of the movie, being somewhat cliched.
Robots received mixed to positive reviews, with noting its animation, humor and voice performances, notably McGregor's and Williams', while the storyline was criticized. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 64% based on 177 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Robots delights on a visual level, but the story feels like it came off an assembly line.". Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gave a score of 64 based on 33 reviews.
The film was released March 11, 2005, in the United States and Canada and grossed $36 million in 3,776 theaters its opening weekend, ranking #1 at the box office. It grossed a total of $260.7 million worldwide—$128.2 million in the United States and Canada and $132.5 million in other territories.
- This was the first film to release the final trailer to Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, where it was reported that Star Wars fans went to see this movie just to see the trailer and leave.