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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Ewan McGregor
Halle Berry
Mel Brooks
Stanley Tucci
Dianne Wiest
Jim Broadbent
Drew Carey
Jamie Kennedy
Paul Giamatti
Robin Williams
Paula Abdul
Lucille Bliss.
Directors
Carlos Saldanha
Chris Wedge.
Screenwriters
David Lindsay-Abaire
Lowell Ganz
Babaloo Mandel.
Running Time
91 minutes

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Robots
Animated automotons take centre stage in this family friendly tale.


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Plot
Smalltown robot and would-be inventor Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan McGregor) heads for Robot City in the hope of showing off his latest creation to businessman Mr Big Weld (Mel Brooks). But all is not well when he gets there, and he finds himself fighting against the evil machinations of some corrupt robot bosses.


Review
Having scored a big hit with his computer-animated debut Ice Age (the film that proved it's not just Pixar and DreamWorks who can do this kind of thing), it's no wonder that expectations have been high for director Chris Wedge's follow-up.

And there's plenty to like about Robots - it's a gleaming, candy-coloured spectacle whose sweetly nostalgic theme gives rise to some very impressive visuals.

Unfortunately, while it all looks impressive, Robots is let down badly by a weak plot (which relies too heavily on the well-worn 'big city' theme, with bad-punning signs brimming in the background a la Shrek 2 and Shark Tale), overly frantic action and characters who, while superficially endearing, are hard to truly warm to.

Part of the problem is Wedge's insistence on throwing as many ideas at the screen as he can - and while this does result in some great set-pieces (Rodney's initial 'subway ride' into Robot City is a particular high point), it also feels as though there's just too much going on.

The second half, when Rodney hooks up with a motley crew of outdated robots and sets out to save the city from the bad guys, is a lot more fun - but given the slender running time, you can't help wishing it had kicked into gear much earlier.


Verdict
Kids will love it and their adult companions will be warmly entertained - but it's far from a computer-animated classic.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook


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Ice Age 4: Dawn of the Robot's

Fairly enjoyable while it's not as good as Ice Age Or the Ice Age sequels ... More

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Posted by S1lent B0b at 17:30, 07 October 2009 | Report This Post


Amusing, but for the kids

a good enough animated film, but nowhere near up to the standard expected. Shame, really. ... More

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Posted by blaud at 13:32, 03 March 2008 | Report This Post


It's worth a watch

Unengaging characters and a naff plot. But, it's got good gags galore and looks fantastic. I think some have been way to harsh on this film. ... More

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Posted by enemysprout at 03:34, 07 April 2007 | Report This Post


Limp

From the creators of the dreadful Ice Age comes the equally dreadful Robots.Ewan McGregor is the voice of Rodney Copperbottom who leaves his small town to find his fortune as an inventor in Robot City (that must have taken some thinking of) Along the way he meets the wild and wacky Fender voiced by the wild and wacky Robin Williams, now his character in Aladdin was a comic tour-de-force, this though, well you will get more laughs in the first 30 seconds of Futurama than you'll get in 30 minutes... More

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Posted by George Vader at 13:57, 18 October 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Robots

It's fun and humourous but ultimately never engages and is rather forgettable. ... More

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Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 10:23, 22 July 2006 | Report This Post


Robots

Charming and creative but in the end just doesn't really capture the heart. A few less Williams-isms may have helped. ... More

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Posted by qualidad at 22:31, 21 July 2006 | Report This Post


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