Edit
Robots (2005) Poster

(2005)

Trivia

The net weight of the box in which the baby is delivered is 3.5 kilograms. This would mean that Rodney would have a birth weight of seven pounds, and eleven ounces.
Chris Wedge reports on the DVD 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.
Rivet Town was designed after Watertown, New York, because Director Chris Wedge grew up there.
Robin Williams' first animated voice since Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996).
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.
A special rendering tool was created specifically to randomly place the pips on every domino in Bigweld's workshop.
The original concept for the film was a 1930s-style screwball comedy with musical numbers.
Rodney Copperbottom's (Ewan McGregor's) design is inspired by an old Evinrude outboard engine in 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 television show.
John Powell dropped out of Shrek 2 (2004) to score the film.
In the UK, Aunt Fanny (Jennifer Coolidge) had to be renamed, as "fanny" is a common UK slang word for "vagina", so they renamed her "Aunt Fan".
Originally, Rodney's co-passenger in the crosstown express sequence, was an old lady knitting calmly. For some long shots, the old lady is simply colored red, rather than replaced with Fender (Robin Williams). This version of the scene was the one used in movie clips featured in the film's video game.
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.
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. Screenshots of the test appear as pictures hanging in Aunt Fanny's house.
At one point, a voicebox with a recording of Darth Vader's voice is found. Ewan McGregor, the voice of Rodney Copperbottom, played a younger Obi-wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, the third of which being released in 2005, the same year as this film.
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.
During the scene where Rodney arrives in Robot City for the first time, a robot that resembles Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo) from the Ice Age franchise can be seen briefly in the background.
In the opening scene as Rodney walks in Rivet Town, one of the vendors sells ice cream called "Auntie Freeze". (This is a reference to radiator coolant/anti-freeze, a chemical used in radiators in vehicles in countries which experience low temperature or snowy weather).
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.
When Rodney first starts fixing the outmodes (after "Who wants to get fixed?"), the third robot, on which he works (fifth 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 and there's a background buzz.
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".
In the chase sequence, while Big Weld is rebooting, he briefly sings the song "Bicycle Built For Two". This was the first song ever voiced by a computer, when in 1961, IBM programmed their 704 computer to sing it, to demonstrate their voice synthesis system. This is also the song sung in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), that Hal sings, while Dave deactivates him.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
A robotic version of Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo) from the Ice Age franchise appears when Rodney first enters Robot City. Specifically, when he approaches the street performer.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
According to the United States Postal Service, the mailbox that Al Roker voices is named ODIS.
8 of 11 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
First film in which Stanley Tucci and Ewan MacGregor voice animated characters, the second being the live action Beauty and the Beast (2017).
3 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In the Latin American dub, Rodney was voiced by Mexican singer Aleks Syntek, who also sang the end credits song in the Latin American dub "Un Héroe Real".
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Nominated by the American Film Institute for: 2008 - AIF's Top 10 List: Best Animated Film.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of the coffee pots on Aunt Fanny's coffee pot tray, is the same one, from which the wonder bot is made.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Blue Sky Studios' 2nd feature film.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to not become a franchise.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In Australia, a contest was held to Australian children to win a voice-over role in the movie. The lucky winners were chosen to voice the watches that one of the robots was selling in the train station.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This is the first Blue Sky Studios film "Twentieth Century Fox Animation presents" credit.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This is one of the first major motion pictures to use the sound of a west African udu drum in the soundtrack. Composer John Powell used this traditional clay drum to create the tabla-like "whoop" sound heard in various music cues and themes throughout the picture.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The green bulky robot's name is Lug. Though, it is never said in the movie.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
From the Makers of "Ice Age".
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This is the first Blue Sky Studios' non-sequel/prequel film.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The film won an MTV (Mexico) Award for Best Song "Un Héroe Real" sang by Aleks Syntek.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page