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Robots [2005] (2 discs)

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Director:Carlos Saldanha
Chris Wedge
Writer:Babaloo Mandel
David Lindsay-Abaire
Lowell Ganz
Composer:John Powell
Length:91 minutes
(1 hour 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Comedy
  • CG
  • Sci-Fi
  • Kids
  • Fantasy
  • Family
  • Action
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Synopsis: 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.


Reaction: Charming and silly. Robin Williams' character is pretty fun.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Carlos Saldanha => Director
Chris Wedge => Director / Phone Booth (voice) / Wonderbot
Babaloo Mandel => Writer
David Lindsay-Abaire => Writer
Lowell Ganz => Writer / Mr. Gasket (voice)
John Powell => Composer
Al Roker => Mailbox (voice)
Alan Rosenberg => Jack Hammer (voice)
Amanda Bynes => Piper (voice)
Brian Scott McFadden => Trashcan Bot (as Brian McFadden) (voice)
Crawford Wilson => Young Rodney (voice)
Dan Hedaya => Mr. Gunk (voice)
Dianne Wiest => Mrs. Copperbottom (voice)
Drew Carey => Crank (voice)
Dylan Denton => Youngest Rodney (voice)
Ewan McGregor => Rodney Copperbottom (voice)
Greg Kinnear => Ratchet (voice)
Halle Berry => Cappy (voice)
James Earl Jones => Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice)
Jansen Panettiere => Younger Rodney (voice)
Jay Leno => Fire Hydrant (voice)
Jennifer Coolidge => Aunt Fanny (voice)
Jim Broadbent => Madame Gasket (voice)
Lucille Bliss => Pigeon Lady (voice)
Marshall Efron => Lamppost / Toilet Bot / Bass Drum / Microphone (voice)
Mel Brooks => Bigweld (voice)
Natasha Lyonne => Loretta Geargrinder (voice)
Paul Giamatti => Tim the Gate Guard (voice)
Paula Abdul => Watch (voice)
Robin Williams => Fender (voice)
Stanley Tucci => Herb Copperbottom (voice)
Stephen Tobolowsky => Forge (voice) / Bigmouth Executive
Terry Bradshaw => Broken Arm Bot (voice)
Tim Nordquist => Tin Man (voice)
Will Denton => Young Rodney (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the UK Aunt Fanny had to be renamed, as 'fanny' is a common UK slang word for female genitalia, so they renamed her to 'Aunt Fan.'
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The original concept for the film was a 1930s-style screwball comedy with musical numbers.
  • At one point, a voicebox with a recording of Darth Vader's voice is found. Ewan McGregor, the voice of Rodney Copperbottom, played a young Obi-wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, the third of which being released in 2005, the same year as this film.
  • John Powell dropped out of Shrek 2 to score the film.
  • A special rendering tool was created specifically to randomly place the pips on every domino in Bigweld's workshop.
  • Robin Williams' first animated voice since Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.