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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Even a mechanical heart can beat in rhythm

Author: Julie Hoverson from Seattle
1 July 2005

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You have to watch this with the eyes of a child to truly appreciate it. It is a sweet, slightly scary, story for kids.

Two robots, Rome-0 and Julie-8, created by competing robotics companies, meet by accident at a big trade show and fall in love. They try to run off together. There's a big scary robot made of junk named "Sparepartski" who decides to marry Julie-8, and Rome-0 has to save her. There's also some heart-tugging songs and everyone lives happily ever after.

I loved this as a kid, and coming back and watching it always makes me happy. What more can you ask for?

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Quirky and charming film

Author: oecobius from United States
12 January 2013

"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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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Not as good as HEARTBEEPS

Author: Eegah Guy ( from Minneapolis, MN
1 August 2001

This short "robots-in-love" cartoon could've used a big shot of imagination. The only things this cartoon has going for it are disco/pop tunes by John Sebastian and a robot that sounds like Ringo Starr. The rest of it has faded from my memory.

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