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) | 6 more credits »
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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 »


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

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Jim Broadbent's first time voice acting in a theatrical film. Later he'd go onto voice the Pigeon Sergeant in Valiant (2005) and Santa Claus in Arthur Christmas (2011). 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

Bigweld: If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In the Mexican version, at the end credits the song that plays is "Un Héroe Real" (A Real Hero) sung and composed by Aleks Syntek. The lyrics say at one point (translated from Spanish): "I want to be more than a robot, capable of loving and dreaming. I want to be more than a robot, a real hero not a fiction one". See more »

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Songbird
Written and Performed by Kenny G
Courtesy of Arista Records
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Stupendous visuals only barely make up for a forgettable story and characters
14 March 2005 | by zetesSee all my reviews

The first 2005 film I've seen, and, really, it's the only one released so far this year that I have had even the littlest desire to see at the theater. It was worth seeing, but it's forgettable. The visuals are absolutely eye-popping. The film's best sequence is a Rube Goldberg-esque public transportation system across town. I think if that had gone on for 90 minutes, we would have had some kind of masterpiece on our hands. Instead, we get a dull story of a group of nearly outmoded robots rebelling against an evil company that is no longer building spare parts. The head of that company used to be all for the common folk, but he's disappeared and left a despot in his place. The underground area, where they melt scrap, is really cool, and reminded me of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Madame Gasket, who rules this part of the city, was the most interestingly designed character. Robin Williams is very annoying, but, to his credit, he is playing a character here, not just himself. I wasn't thinking "Man, is Robin Williams annoying," but rather, "Man, that character Robin Williams is playing is annoying." I doubt that could be taken as much of a compliment, though. All of the other main characters are especially forgettable, especially Halle Berry's character, who is supposedly the female lead. I think most of the audiences wanted the protagonist to end up with the second female lead, who is a tad more interesting. And I think the filmmakers realized this, too, because the hero only barely ends up with Berry at the end. The movie is also in need of laughs. I chuckled a bit, but that was all. The funniest moment is the robot who does the robot dance. As much as I can complain, though, I would still highly recommend (renting) it for the visuals alone.


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Release Date:

11 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Robots: The IMAX Experience See more »

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White Plains, New York, USA

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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
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