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11 March 2005 (USA) See more »
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You can shine no matter what you're made of. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Paula Abdul ... Watch (voice)

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 Scott McFadden ... Trashcan Bot (voice) (as Brian McFadden)

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 ... Wonderbot / Phone Booth (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) (as Darin DePaul)

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)

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Directed by
Chris Wedge 
Carlos Saldanha (co-director)
 
Writing credits
Ron Mita (story) &
Jim McClain (story) and
David Lindsay-Abaire (story)

David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay) and
Lowell Ganz (screenplay) &
Babaloo Mandel (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerry Davis .... producer
John C. Donkin .... producer
Bob Gordon .... co-producer
William Joyce .... producer
Christopher Meledandri .... executive producer
Lorne Orleans .... producer (IMAX version)
 
Original Music by
John Powell (music by)
 
Film Editing by
John Carnochan (edited by)
 
Casting by
Christian Kaplan 
 
Production Design by
William Joyce 
 
Art Direction by
Steve Martino 
 
Production Management
Jeannine Berger .... post-production supervisor
Maria Criscuolo .... unit production manager
Patrick Esposito .... post-production supervisor: Studio
Billy Foster .... assistant production manager
Hugh Hitchens .... assistant production manager
Anthony Nisi .... production supervisor
Lauren Prince .... assistant production manager
Patrick Worlock .... associate production manager: animation
 
Art Department
Bob Camp .... storyboard artist
Enrico Casarosa .... storyboard artist
Karen Disher .... storyboard artist
Nash Dunnigan .... workbook artist
William H. Frake III .... storyboard artist
Chris Gilligan .... storyboard artist
Michael Knapp .... designer (as Mike Knapp)
Buck Lewis .... character design (as H.B. 'Buck' Lewis)
Buck Lewis .... visual development (as H.B. 'Buck' Lewis)
Tony Maki .... additional storyboard artist
Melanie Martini .... production assistant: art department
Steve Moore .... storyboard artist
Moroni .... storyboard artist
Daniel Lopez Munoz .... visual development artist
Brandon Oldenburg .... conceptual designer
Chris Renaud .... storyboard artist
Dan Shefelman .... storyboard artist
David Silverman .... storyboard artist
Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi .... lead color key artist
Haji Uesato .... previs set designer
Adam Van Wyk .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Mark Filip .... apprentice sound editor
Sean Garnhart .... sound designer
Sean Garnhart .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Garnhart .... supervising sound editor
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Roy Latham .... dialogue mixer
Marissa Littlefield .... dialogue editor
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Khama Matiti .... adr mixer: English version
Khama Matiti .... sound: English version
Jo Mion .... adr editor
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Bill Orrico .... first assistant sound editor (as Billy Orrico)
Wim Post .... sound re-recording mixer: foreign language versions
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising adr editor
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising dialogue editor
Dennis Rogers .... sound recordist
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
William Stein .... re-recording engineer (as Bill Stein)
Paul Urmson .... sound effects designer
Steven Visscher .... supervising foley editor
Vance Walden .... dialog mixer
David Warzynski .... foley assistant (as Dave Warzynski)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Alexander Adell .... technical director
Oktay Ahiska .... digital artist
Lynn Bacino .... lighting technical director
Jodi Lynn Bade .... additional lighting
Victor Banks .... digital paint artist
Andrew Beddini .... sequence lighting lead
Sebastian Bilbao .... effects & materials technical director
Robert Bloom .... DMR artist: Imax
Simon Brown .... effects technical director
Wendell Bruno .... assistant DMR editor (IMAX version)
Clay Budin .... effects technical director
Ian M. Burkard .... assembly assistant
Ian M. Burkard .... junior modeler
Christopher M. Burrows .... lead technical director
Ian D. Butterfield .... materials technical director
Luis Cataldi .... character rigger
Robert V. Cavaleri .... effects supervisor
Sheldon Chow .... materials technical director
Sheldon Chow .... modeler
Rhett Collier .... effects technical director
Michael B. Comet .... character rigger
Shaun Cusick .... lead modeler
Mike Defeo .... modeling supervisor (as Michael Defeo)
Frank Denota .... digital effects artist
Diana Diriwaechter .... lighting technical director
Michael Eringis .... materials supervisor
David Esneault .... lighting supervisor
Kiki Francoise .... lighting technical director (as Kiki Lippman)
Kirk Garfield .... effects technical director
Mike Gargiulo .... computer animator
Nick Gibbons .... technical animator
Brian A. Hill .... materials technical director
Brien Hindman .... modeler
Benjamin Min Huang .... texture artist (as Benny Min Huang)
Isaac Irvin .... lighting/compositing
Simon P. Jones .... lighter & compositor
Ronny Kim .... animator
Michael Kingsley .... render wrangler
Mitch Kopelman .... additional lighting
Mitch Kopelman .... technical director
Patrick Kwok .... senior DMR artist (IMAX version)
Alen Lai .... effects technical director
Seth Lippman .... effects technical director
Rosalinda Malibiran .... lighting technical director
Stephen Mann .... character rigging
Luke Martorelli .... master lighting artist
Raphael Matto .... materials technical director
Keith McCabe .... additional lighting
David V. Mei .... digital paint artist
David V. Mei .... modeler
David V. Mei .... senior digital paint artist
Jean Michel Mistrot .... technical director: shader
Jenga Zamani Mwendo .... modeler
Pete Paquette .... character animator
John A. Patterson .... visual effects
John Wade Payne .... lighting techical director
Peter Pelisek .... DMR artist: Imax
Gareth Porter .... technical director
Arun Ram-Mohan .... additional lighting
Jacob Richards .... lighting technical director
Matt Roach .... additional lighting
Edward Robbins .... modeler
Craig Edward Rogers Jr. .... film recording
Aaron M. Ross .... lighting technical director
Augusto Schillaci .... visual effects supervisor
Jon Schroth .... lighting visual effects
Baaron Schulte .... visual effects artist
Matt Seckman .... digital compositor: end titles
Daniel Ken Shimmyo .... modeler
John Siczewicz .... senior digital artist
Matthew D. Simmons .... animation technical lead
Drew Solodzuk .... DMR editor (IMAX version)
Tim Speltz .... effects lead
Christa Starr .... surfacer
Jeeyun Sung .... lighting technical director
John David Thornton .... effects technical director
Michael J. Travers .... CG supervisor
Haji Uesato .... sequence lighting lead
Bryan Useo .... scene assembly technical directors
Zane Waldman .... senior DMR artist: The IMAX Experience
Daniel Williams .... modeler
Jamie Williams .... technical director
James Willingham III .... render wrangler
Athena Xenakis .... technical director
Terry Ziegelman .... lighting artist
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Hongseo Park .... character technical director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jess Bressler .... lighting technician
Svetla Gressak .... lighting technician
Inkyong Irene Kim .... lighting technician
Mark Piretti .... rigging supervisor
Jon Schroth .... lighting technician
Ahmed Shehata .... rigger
Michael Sparber .... lighting technician
 
Animation Department
Raf Anzovin .... animator
Isabel Auphan .... animator
Mark Behm .... animator
Andrea Blasich .... layout artist
Marco Burbano .... character technical director
Adam Burke .... animator
James Campbell .... animator
Robert Cardone .... layout supervisor
Darko Cesar .... animator
James Chiang .... animator
Jerod Chirico .... character animator
Galen T. Chu .... lead animator
David Couchariere .... animator
Hans Dastrup .... animator
Paul Downs .... animator
David Figliola .... character animator
William H. Frake III .... storyboard artist
Aaron J. Hartline .... animator
Geoff Hemphill .... animator
Donald Kim .... animator
Ken Lee .... layout artist
Moonsung Lee .... animator
Alex Li .... layout artist
Peter Nash .... animator
Juan Carlos Navarro Carrión .... character animator (as Juan Carlos Navarro Carrion)
David S. Peng .... animator
Andreas Procopiou .... animator
Mika Ripatti .... animator
Elliott Roberts .... animator
Derek Rozmes .... animator
Amber Rudolph .... animator
Jessica Sances .... character animator
Tom Saville .... character animator
Neal Sternecky .... story artist
Melvin Tan .... character animator
David Tart .... animator
Kevin Thomason .... layout artist
Mike Thurmeier .... supervising animator
Zachary Torok .... animator
David Torres .... lead animator
Michael C. Walling .... animator
Steve Warbrick .... animatic artist
Royce Wesley .... animator
Alexander Williams .... animator
Ryan Williams .... layout artist
Jerril Yoo .... character technical director (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Johnny Gidcomb .... adr voice casting
Bruce Winant .... casting: adr group
 
Editorial Department
Todd Baillere .... post-production consultant
Kent Beyda .... additional editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Natasha Leonnet .... digital color timer
Jack Lewars .... assistant color timer: Efilm
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor
Brian Morgan .... assistant editor
Tim Nordquist .... associate editor
James Palumbo .... first assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Eric Putz .... telecine colorist
Lorene Simpson .... digital intermediate producer
Randy Trager .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Blue Man Group .... sound: percussion, orchestration
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
David Channing .... scoring editor
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestral contractor
George Doering .... musician: guitar
Bruce Dukov .... concert master
Bruce Dukov .... concertmaster
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Walt Fowler .... orchestrator (as Walter Fowler)
Sean Garnhart .... one musical source cue
Mark Graham .... music copyist
Brad Haehnel .... additional music mixer
Dorothy Joo .... music coordinator
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Tim Lauber .... score recordist
Edie Lehmann .... vocal contractor (as Edie Lehmann Boddicker)
T.J. Lindgren .... additional music arranger
T.J. Lindgren .... additional music programmer
Jason Lloyd .... scoring stage manager
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music supervisor
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... orchestrator (as Suzette Moriarty)
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Paul Pesco .... musician: guitar
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Tom Steel .... scoring stage manager
Bill Talbott .... scoring technician
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
John Ashton Thomas .... additional music arranger
John Ashton Thomas .... additional music programmer
John Ashton Thomas .... orchestrator
Don Williams .... musician: percussion
Joshua Winget .... music editor (as Josh Winget)
Elliott Goldkind .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Dan Navarro .... singer (uncredited)
Pete Simpson .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jinyi Baird .... production assistant
Samantha Berg .... production supervisor: pre production
Jitendra Borse .... software developer
Adam Burr .... software developer
Danielle Cambridge .... lead technical director (as Danielle Cambridge West)
Robert Cardone .... 3-D layout supervisor
David Channing .... scoring editor
John Cohen .... studio executive
Alex John Cuthbert .... lead desktop systems administrator
Jacques Dell .... senior technical imaging artist (IMAX DMR version)
Stanley A. Dellimore .... senior technical imaging artist (IMAX DMR version)
Aaron Dimunno .... scene assembly technical director
Scott Farrell .... production assistant
Xeth Feinberg .... additional story artist
Jimmy Hayward .... director: additional scenes
Jimmy Hayward .... story consultant
Hugh Hitchens .... production scheduling
Brett Hoffman .... script coordinator
Brett Hoffman .... story coordinator
Christopher Kappler .... human resources
Perry M. Kimura .... digital scanning and recording: EFILM
Patrick Kwok .... senior DMR artist (IMAX version)
Doug Letterman .... software engineer
Alexander Levenson .... lead modeler
Justin Mandel .... intern
Melanie Martini .... production assistant
Salvatore Melluso .... modeling department
Rachel Kate Miller .... additional production staff
Sean M. Murphy .... story production assistant
Brian Oakes .... production assistant
Paul Ohrt .... production accountant
Sheri Patterson .... assistant production manager: lighting and paint
Chuck Peil .... vice president of business development
Kevin Porterfield .... programmer: software tools
Arun Ram-Mohan .... technical assistant
Mike Reiss .... consultant
Matt Roach .... technical assistant
Mark Sussman .... additional voice
Kevin Thomason .... additional character rigging
Joselly A. Torres .... production assistant
Maurice Van Swaaij .... manager software
Jon Vitti .... consultant
Dan Weeks .... software developer
Dan Weeks .... system programmer
Weera Tom Wichitsripornkul .... technical director
Bruce Winant .... adr loop group
Rafael Zentil .... additional story artist
Tom Knott .... recruiter (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Kent Beyda .... thanks
George Lucas .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Robots: The IMAX Experience" - USA (IMAX version)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some brief language and suggestive humor
Runtime:
91 min
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Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)
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Trivia:
Robin Williams' first animated voice since Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) (V).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Wonder-Bot puts the second group of dishes into Rodney's father, they are facing to the right. When he takes them out, they are facing to the left.See more »
Quotes:
Bigweld:Gasket, you're a sick, twisted, evil robot.
Madame Gasket:I try.
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Soundtrack:
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52 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
Was there a story here?, 14 March 2005
Author: cedric_owl from New York, NY

I left this film feeling high. Not because I literally ingested anything before arriving at the theatre, but because the movie provided that familiar feeling of one's brain being reduced to a muddled receptor for bright colors and funny noises.

So about the story: boy robot leaves his home for the big-city, must defeat evil robot trying to control the robot world. During this epic quest he encounters a series of Disney-ish archetypes, including: wacky robot sidekick (voiced by Robin Williams, natch), bland robot love interest (Halle Berry, spending all of maybe three hours in the recording studio), and a spunky tomboy robot (voiced by some unmemorable tween star).

The storyline, such as it is, could probably fill a single half-hour slot on Nickelodeon. There are a few funny bits of dialogue (provided by off-Broadway scribe David Lindsay Abaire), but mostly the script is just the filler before the next elaborate visual sequence dreamed up by the animators.

And don't get me wrong: those visual sequences are pretty cool. I can't quite decide which is more impressive: the hyperkinetic ride through the immaculately detailed robot city or a complicated sequence involving thousands of dominoes. The art department clearly put a mind-boggling amount of effort into creating a fully realized world.

But that, unfortunately, is all there is. An awesomely rendered environment with nothing in the foreground. Many of the characters, particularly the protagonist, feel like little more than rough outlines. The relationships between characters feel like tacked-on afterthoughts. This is compounded by the most lackluster and non-distinctive voice work I've ever heard from major movie stars (Ewan McGregor and Halle Berry sound so bored, I would have preferred they hire interns from the accounting department).

I recommend this film slightly, simply because of the stunning visuals. But otherwise, with the success of truly subversive CGI films like The Incredibles and Shrek, Robots just doesn't cut it.

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