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Runaway Robots! Romie-O and Julie-8 (1979)

Two rival robotics companies in the future release their latest creations at a robotics convention, claiming each to be the latest and greatest in technological advances. Mega Stellar ... See full summary »

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Greg Swanson ...
Romie-0 (voice)
Donann Cavin ...
Julie-8 (voice)
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Marie Aloma ...
Ms. Passbinder (voice)
Max Ferguson ...
Mr. Thunderbottom (voice)
Nick Nichols ...
Gizmo (voice)
William Osler ...
Junk Monster (voice) (as Bill Osler)
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Two rival robotics companies in the future release their latest creations at a robotics convention, claiming each to be the latest and greatest in technological advances. Mega Stellar Company's release is a robot boy named Romie-O, while Super Solar Cybernetics has released a girl robot named Julie-8. Unforeseen to each of the company's creators, is how each of the advanced robots soon falls in love with the other. Written by Michael Howe

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Romie-O and Julie-8. A robot love story you'll be nuts and bolts about.


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April 1979 (USA)  »

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Mr. Thunderbottom: [singing] He's a flash, he's a marvel, he's a masterpiece of circuitry/He's the best, he's the greatest from the Megastellar Company
Singers: [singing] More than bionic, he's more than a toy!/More than a robot, he's a man-made boy!/Ain't no robot like Romie-0, oh no!
Ms. PassbinderSingers: [singing] Oh yeah, oh yeah?/Well, we've got a brain child! She never forgets/Yes, she's a brain child, she's your key to success
Ms. Passbinder: [singing] She's everything you dreamed of, custom-made
Ms. PassbinderSingers: [singing] And you were made for each other/You and Julie-8
Mr. ThunderbottomSingers: [...]
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Quirky and charming film
12 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Runaway Robots" is a very entertaining short film. It never takes itself too seriously, instead focusing on clever concepts and entertaining animation. The quality of the animation is very good (especially considering that it was made in 1979), with a lively squash- and-stretch style; the fluidity of the characters really comes into play with the cartoonishly-massive porcine executives, along with Gizmo, a shifty & devious scrap dealer. Julie-8 is animated with good delicacy and spunk, although Rome-0 tends to be less dynamic in his movement.

The pacing is fast, as is necessary for its short running time, but the film handles it well. Only a couple sequences felt distractingly rushed, but this isn't so much of a problem when the story overall is so lighthearted. Despite the Shakespeare reference in the title characters, you shouldn't expect anything particularly heavy or deep.

My main criticism is the fact that I found the robots' voices too heavily filtered, making some lines hard to catch. I saw the movie on an old VHS though, so the audio could be better on cleaner copies.

If a lighthearted, energetic short film from the '70s sounds interesting to you, "Runaway Robots" is worth checking out. It's too bad it's not available on DVD.


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