Robots (2005) Poster



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.
The filmmakers wanted the music score to sound like it was recorded by the "Robot Philharmonic". To that effect, they hired performance artists Blue Man Group, known for performing on musical instruments made from industrial piping and other found objects, to do special percussion effects.
Robin Williams' first animated voice since Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996).
The original concept for the film was a 1930s-style screwball comedy with musical numbers.
At the start of the scene where Rodney is at the Rivet Town train station, the "ticket taker robot" can be seen picking his nose and examining his finger behind the booth window. On the commentary of the DVD, one of the commentators states this as being an Easter Egg.
Rivet Town was designed after Watertown, New York, because director Chris Wedge grew up there.
John Powell dropped out of Shrek 2 (2004) to score the film.
The net weight of the box in which the baby is delivered is 3.5kg. This would mean that Rodney would have a birth weight of 7 lbs., 11 ounces.
When Fender and Rodney arrive at the ball to try and get past Tim, we get a glimpse of the guest list. The names featured on the list are Mr. Vandersmelt, Forge, Silvia Goldbot, Cappy, Mme Goldie Van Bot, Ann Droid and Mr. Silverleaf.
On the "Map of the Stars' Homes" that Fender tries to sell Rodney, the names of the stars are: Jeremy Irons, Orson Wheels (Orson Welles), Axle Rose (Axl Rose), Britney Gears (Britney Spears), Farrah Faucet (Farrah Fawcett), and M.C. Hammer.
The song that Bigweld is singing when he is being fixed by Rodney is the same song that HAL sang when he was being shut down in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A special rendering tool was created specifically to randomly place the pips on every domino in Bigweld's workshop.
When Rodney first starts fixing the outmodes (after "Who wants to get fixed?"), the 3rd robot he works on (5th in the overall fixit sequence) is a reference to the children's game "Operation". Just as in the game, when Rodney is taking a wrench out of the character's left leg, he touches the tool to the rim of the hole; when he does, the "patient" robot's nose lights up & there's a background buzz.
In the opening scene as Rodney walks in Rivet Town, one of the vendors sells ice cream called "Auntie Freeze". (This is reference to Anti-Freeze, a chemical used in radiators in vehicles in countries which experience low temperature or snowy weather).
After Rodney is dumped outside Bigweld Industries by the giant magnet, all the metal shavings from the slogan sign stick to his head, just like the old-time Magnetic Face toys.
Originally, Rodney's co-passenger in the cross-town express sequence was an old lady knitting calmly. For some long shots, the old lady is simply colored red rather than replaced with Fender.
Rodney Copperbottom's design is inspired by an old Evinrude outboard motor in director Chris Wedge's garage, as well as on a Volkswagen van. An early version of Rodney makes a cameo as the green robot with the jet pack waiting in line during Bigweld's TV show.
Jack Hammer, the hardware store owner, is based on a character from a test short made early in development to test the look the filmmakers wanted. He was a director working on a scene with an actress. Screen shots of the test appear as pictures hanging in Aunt Fanny's house.
Lug the big, green robot is the only member of the Rusties never mentioned by name.
According to the USPS, the mailbox that Al Roker voices is named ODIS.
After Fender steals Rodney Copperbottom's foot, 'Robin Williams' delivers the line "Foot don't fail me now" which is similar to the phrase "Feet don't fail me now" made famous by 'Stepin Fetchit'

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