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Robots (2005)

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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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Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha (co-director)

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Ron Mita (story), Jim McClain (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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)
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Storyline

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

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You can shine no matter what you're made of. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robots: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

White Plains, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,045,301, 13 March 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$128,200,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$260,718,330
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Herb Copperbottom goes on stage near the end of the movie, he is wearing a white metal apron. After he starts playing the horn, the apron disappears. See more »

Quotes

Crank: Oh, man! This is my third oil change today. Something's wrong with me.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, there are 2-D drawings of robots. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Australian version, the voices of the Watches ("Don't Buy Us We're Fakes") in the train station, were dubbed by 6 kids who had won a competition to appear in the movie. A voice coach trained them to speak with an American accent to blend in with the rest of the movie. See more »

Connections

Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE
Written by Edward Elgar
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Technically Amazing, laugh-out-loud funny in other parts
11 March 2005 | by BartmonSee all my reviews

Robots is probably the most technically amazing computer-animated movie I've ever seen. When you stack it up against a movie like the original Toy Story, it's astounding how far they've come in about 10 years. There is a scene were a drum of tiny ballbearings falls over, and each ballbearing is rendered perfectly. Amazing.

The voice acting in Robots is just fine, with the ensemble cast providing a nice mix of auditory delights(although I saw Jim Broadbent's (the dad in Bridget Jones') name in the credits and was unable to identify him in the movie. Greg Kinnear did a fine job and Ewan MacGregor was also decent. The biggest question mark was Robin Williams. Before the movie I found myself wondering how he could top the 'Genie' performance in Aladdin. The answer is he doesn't, but his character is responsible for a few VERY funny bits and I think he pulled it off well.

Now humor in the movie... It was clear to me that at least 80% of the adults in the audience weren't getting many of the references. If you are old enough/smart enough to catch these, they are hilarious. My favorite being when Rodney is repairing Bigweld's head and Bigweld is singing 'Daisy' very slowly. Priceless.

All in all a great movie, and I also suspect this movie will improve with subsequent viewings. Where a Shark's Tale just becomes tiresome after one viewing, I am looking forward to viewing this movie again.

Lastly, my 6 year-old son LOVED the movie. We saw it in IMAX and it completely blew him away.


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