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.

Directors:

Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha (co-director)

Writers:

Ron Mita (story), Jim McClain (story) | 6 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
2,468 ( 457)
2 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The biggest comedy ever assembled! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher Walken, Kelsey Grammer, and Ned Beatty were considered the role of Bigweld. See more »

Goofs

When Rodney and Fender take the Crosstown Express, the shots of the outside of the ball show it spinning in the air. But in the shot from inside the ball, it's just flying along straight and not spinning. See more »

Quotes

Rodney Copperbottom: Why do you have two noses?
Fender: One's for showin', one's for blowin'.
See more »

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 »

Alternate Versions

Many redubs in the UK version. Loretta is played by Cat Deeley. Mr Gasket, Rachet's father is voiced by Terry Wogan. Eamonn Holmes redubs the two roles of Stephen Tobolowsky (Bigmouth Executive & Forge). Vernon Kay redubs Brian Scott McFadden as the Trashcan Bot. Chris Moyles is credited as Stage Announcer. See more »

Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: Robots (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Dance
Written by Jimmy Jam (as James Samuel Harris III), Terry Lewis, Tony Tolbert (as Tony L. Tolbert)
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire (as Earth, Wind & Fire)
Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc.
Courtesy of Sanctuary Urban Records Group
See more »

User Reviews

Was there a story here?
14 March 2005 | by cedric_owlSee all my reviews

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.


62 of 113 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 305 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

USA | Australia | UK

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

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,045,301, 13 March 2005

Gross USA:

$128,200,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,511,490
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed