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Robots (2005)

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Original Title : Robots
Director : Chris Wedge
Carlos Saldanha
Writer : David Lindsay-Abaire
David Lindsay-Abaire
Lowell Ganz
Babaloo Mandel
Jim McClain
Ron Mita
Genre : Animation
Comedy/Family/Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Jerry Davis , John C. Donkin , William Joyce
Music : John Powell
Adam Schlesinger
MPAA Rating : Rated PG for some brief language and suggestive humor.
IMDB ID : 0358082
Official site : http://foxfilm.terra.com.br/filme.php?id_filme=509
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poster for "Robots" by Chris Wedge | Carlos Saldanha (2005)
Robots (2005) - Chris Wedge | Carlos Saldanha
 

Starring

Halle Berry Cappy (voice
Lucille Bliss Pigeon Lady (voice
Terry Bradshaw Broken Arm Bot (voice
Jim Broadbent Madame Gasket (voice
Mel Brooks Bigweld (voice
Amanda Bynes Piper (voice
Drew Carey Crank (voice
Jennifer Coolidge Aunt Fanny (voice
Dylan Denton Youngest Rodney (voice
Will Denton Young Rodney (voice
Marshall Efron Lamppost/Toilet Bot/Bass Drum/Microphone (voice
Damien Fahey Stage Announcer (voice
Lowell Ganz Mr. Gasket (voice
Paul Giamatti Tim the Gate Guard (voice
Dan Hedaya Mr. Gunk (voice
Jackie Hoffman Water Cooler (voice
James Earl Jones Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice
Greg Kinnear Ratchet (voice
Jay Leno Fire Hydrant (voice
Natasha Lyonne Loretta Geargrinder (voice
Brian McFadden Trashcan Bot (voice
Ewan McGregor Rodney Copperbottom (voice
Tim Nordquist Tin Man (voice
Jansen Panettiere Younger Rodney (voice
Al Roker Mailbox (voice
Alan Rosenberg Jack Hammer (voice
Stephen Tobolowsky Bigmouth Executive/Forge (voice
Stanley Tucci Herb Copperbottom (voice
Chris Wedge (voice
Dianne Wiest Mrs. Copperbottom (voice
Harland Williams Lug (voice
Robin Williams Fender (voice
Crawford Wilson Young Rodney (voice
Lara Cody Additional Voices (voice
Cooper Cowgill Additional Voices (voice
David Crommett Additional Voices (voice
Darin De Paul Additional Voices (voice
Dann Fink Additional Voices (voice
Timothy Gulan Additional Voices (voice
Alexander Haney Additional Voices (voice
Angela Haney Additional Voices (voice
Ray Iannicelli Additional Voices (voice
Sondra James Additional Voices (voice
Vanessa Lemonides Additional Voices (voice
Anthony J. Lewis Jr. Additional Voices (voice
Marcus Maurice Additional Voices (voice
Jennifer Perito Additional Voices (voice
Kristin Reeves Additional Voices (voice
David Rossmer Additional Voices (voice
Lyla Stone Additional Voices (voice
Bruce Winant Additional Voices (voice
Paula Abdul Watch (voice
 

Plot

Even in a world populated entirely by mechanical beings Rodney Copperbottom (McGregor) is considered a genius inventor. Rodney dreams of two things, making the world a better place and meeting his idol, the master inventor Bigweld (Brooks). On his journey he encounters Cappy (Halle Berry), a beautiful executive `bot with whom Rodney is instantly smitten, the nefarious corporate tyrant Ratchet (Kinnear) who locks horns with Rodney, and a group of misfit `bots known as the Rusties, led by Fender (Williams) and Piper Pinwheeler (Bynes).
 

Comments

Robot City: Impressive to look at... not so much to live in..., 13 March 2005 Author: misterembryo from United States "Robots" is the latest computer animated feature film from the creators of Ice Age. Like many films of the same genre, "Robots" offers a new artistic style and a large cast of voice talents, all of which would make pretty entertaining guests on any episode of Saturday Night Live... However "Robots" is more of a sight to see than a movie-going experience to fully enjoy. Rodney (Ewen McGregor, Big Fish)is a robot born (or built rather) to become an inventor. Just like his idol Big Weld (Mel Brooks) encourages, Rodney believes anyone can shine no matter what you're made of. This credo is put to the ultimate test when Rodney leaves home to Robot City in hopes to get employed in Big Weld's big corporation as an inventor. Rodney learns the hard way how tough Robot City can be for the average robot... especially under new management where management entails getting rid of outdated robots and reducing them to scrap metal. With the help of a rusty robot crew including Robin Williams and Amanda Bynes, Rodney will go on an adventure to turn Robot City into the dream he's always imagined it to be. As you can tell, "Robots" is a movie with heart, what do you expect for a movie targeted for a family audience. It also had some funny moments, and, as expected, were mostly contributed to Robin's robot character. There were also little details that achieved good laughs... Robot City wouldn't be complete without a robot doing the robot. Again the art in "Robots" also deserves credit using darker color schemes which allowed for a better feel for the robot world. The design of the city was also impressive: intricate modes of transportation, the ability to carry a conversation with a traffic light, and a walking mailbox that knows you by name... However its kind of like a new President addressing the United States... he may look nice, brand new suit with hair combed nicely, and he may have a good message. But the message is only as good as its delivery. This is probably a bad analogy, but if "Robots" and "Monsters, Inc" ran for president it would be a landslide victory for the Pixar party. I compare the two movies with good reason. Both movies offer completely new worlds: a robot world and a monster world. Both movies feature major cities that rely its existence heavily on the production of a major corporation, Big Weld for Robot City and Monsters, Inc. for Monstropolis. There's just one major difference: Monstropolis makes sense and Robot City doesn't. You might wonder why should it make sense, it's fake? Any Joe Schmoe from the street tripping on acid can make a movie about some make-believe world, but its an even heavier task to make a world where things not only make sense, but are also necessary for the world to be plausible. Monstropolis works: both the city itself as well as the things that went on in the made up city. With Robot City there are too many questions: Why?! How?! What the hell was that for?! Who?! I refer my Who question to Halle Berry's character who is top-billed and forced to be integral to the plot, yet only has about 4-5 lines throughout the whole movie. I give it a 4 out of 10 because I'm midway with this movie. It looked cool but it wasn't. Like a beautiful girl with no personality. It can be really funny, but other times it tries a bit hard. What Robots lacked was ironically originality. Even Robin Williams' character was a bit reminiscent of the Genie from Aladdin without the comedic usefulness of shapeshifting. It was a good attempt, but ultimately "Robots" is sadly recycled scrap metal.
 
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