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Robots (2005)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  11 March 2005 (USA)
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In a robot world, a young idealistic inventor travels to the big city to join his inspiration's company, only to find himself opposing its sinister new management.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Watch (voice)
Cappy (voice)
Pigeon Lady (voice)
Broken Arm Bot (voice)
Madame Gasket (voice)
Bigweld (voice)
Piper (voice)
Crank (voice)
Aunt Fanny (voice)
Dylan Denton ...
Youngest Rodney (voice)
Young Rodney (voice)
Stage Announcer (voice)
Lowell Ganz ...
Mr. Gasket (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Riveting in IMAX See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some brief language and suggestive humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robots: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,045,301 (USA) (11 March 2005)


$128,200,012 (USA) (2 September 2005)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris Wedge reports on the commentary that Robin Williams performed the scene with Fender and Rodney attempting to get past Tim eight times in eight different accents, including as a Polish valet. See more »


Just before Rodney takes the city ball express, you can see him standing on a giant cog turning downwards. In the wide shot, the cog above him clearly has a robot on it too, yet when Rodney hops off, the cog above him comes down, and there is no robot to be seen. See more »


[Herb has just been running through the town, yelling "I'm going to be a dad!" and runs into his house, where Mrs. Copperbottom is standing next to a window]
Mrs. Copperbottom: Oh, honey, I'm so sorry. You missed the delivery.
Herb Copperbottom: Oh!
Mrs. Copperbottom: [holds up a box with a picture of a robot on it] But it's okay. Making the baby's the fun part.
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank the following for their assistance: -The families of the Blue Sky crew for supporting us through the final rivet -LucasFilm Ltd. -United States Postal Service -Rendering hardware by Hewlett-Packard -Kent Beyda See more »


Spoofs The Matrix (1999) See more »


Written by Ian Ball, 'Paul Blackburn', Tom Gray, Benjamin Ottewell (as Ben Ottewell), and Oliver Peacock (as Olly Peacock)
Performed by Gomez
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd., Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Stupendous visuals only barely make up for a forgettable story and characters
14 March 2005 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The first 2005 film I've seen, and, really, it's the only one released so far this year that I have had even the littlest desire to see at the theater. It was worth seeing, but it's forgettable. The visuals are absolutely eye-popping. The film's best sequence is a Rube Goldberg-esque public transportation system across town. I think if that had gone on for 90 minutes, we would have had some kind of masterpiece on our hands. Instead, we get a dull story of a group of nearly outmoded robots rebelling against an evil company that is no longer building spare parts. The head of that company used to be all for the common folk, but he's disappeared and left a despot in his place. The underground area, where they melt scrap, is really cool, and reminded me of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Madame Gasket, who rules this part of the city, was the most interestingly designed character. Robin Williams is very annoying, but, to his credit, he is playing a character here, not just himself. I wasn't thinking "Man, is Robin Williams annoying," but rather, "Man, that character Robin Williams is playing is annoying." I doubt that could be taken as much of a compliment, though. All of the other main characters are especially forgettable, especially Halle Berry's character, who is supposedly the female lead. I think most of the audiences wanted the protagonist to end up with the second female lead, who is a tad more interesting. And I think the filmmakers realized this, too, because the hero only barely ends up with Berry at the end. The movie is also in need of laughs. I chuckled a bit, but that was all. The funniest moment is the robot who does the robot dance. As much as I can complain, though, I would still highly recommend (renting) it for the visuals alone.

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