Robots is a 2005 American computer-animated 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.
- It delivers some strong messages about following your dreams and never giving up.
- The concept of a world inhabited by anthropomorphic robots can be really confusing.
- 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.
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."
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.