Life isnt that great in the Copperbottom family. Rodney keeps failing in getting his ideas noticed, and his father, Herb struggles with work and himself. In order to get his idea noticed and to make his parents proud, Rodney sets out to Robot City to showcase his idea to Bigweld. Once at Robot City, Bigweld is nowhere to be seen, as Rodney and his new friends start to suspect a terrible reason why.
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Okay - seriously , I had been looking forward to being able to take myson to see this movie for weeks after watching the trailers online withhim. I must say the animation this film is superb. There really is goodcharacter development in the first part of the movie to spark yourinterest and create the illusion that this is gonna be a greatmovie...but, hold your breath...you may be in for the ride of yourlife! The movie looses it's momentum rather early on and I actuallyfelt dizzy and nauseated during the entire main part of the film. Thebest parts are the opening scenes, and the adorable happy ending!!! Boywas I happy when the movie was over!!! If only they could've designed aRobot that could edit the entire 45 minutes in the middle of this scrappile celluloid junk!!! Yep - make your kids happy - take them to seerobots - they will probably love it - but you have been warned - do notsee this movie on an full stomach. If you are pregnant, prone todizziness or motion sickness - you might want to skip it.
Yes, you've guessed right, this is yet another computer-animated film,filled with unnecessary morale and boring jokes. This worked out prettygood a few years ago when Pixar released "toy story" and "a bugs life"because then it was original and groundbreaking, the new visual stylemade you forget flaws in the story. However, while Pixar continues toevolve the genre by actually adding some story content, Dreamworksrefuse to let go of the classic un-original storyline.It's about a Robot who travels to a new city to start a new life and iask myself, haven't I seen this before? This movie reminds a lot of "abugs life", despite the fact that you get the need to puke every timethose uncomfotable morale-scenes show up. I think I laughed one timeduring the whole film, and the film is filled with jokes, silly andreal childish, I don't think anyone over twelve years will laugh morethan I did.I don't think that a movie can survive using special effects only, andsince this movie is like one, big special effect with no interestingstory whatsoever I have to give this movie 4/10. Dreamworks, you haveto evolve a little!
This review is from: Robots (Widescreen Edition) (DVD) This movie shows villian with out being violent. It's such a good movie for toddlers and for parents who watch and limit (or exclude) violence from their children's lives. It does have a little adult humor in it, but children SHOULD never pick up on it... like when the father says 'Making it is the best part'.... watch it and you'll know what i'm talking about!
Ok, not entirely, but sorta.First off, this movie was MUCH better than Ice Age...either of them. Those movies were kinda dumb, with a totally cliched storyline.Robot had beautiful visuals, clever humor, and a cute story line. Much like Star Wars borrowed from fantasy & folklore stories, Robots also borrowed from the past. Midnihgt Cowboy & Metroplois certainly come to mind as influences. While the story was pretty good, the one thing i would have changed was to have the Mel Brooks character incapacitated by Greg Kinnear, not just emotionally defeated. That way, instead of the cliched "I'm a new man" angle, it would be neat to have him simply saved from destruction, then lead the fight with the other Robots against the tyranny of the "rich."Otherwise, great movie. Ice Age? Please... Pass those up. I still don't get why people find those funny.
This review is from: Robots (Amazon Instant Video) I love Robots as much as my daughter does. I highly recommend this to any adult or kid alike. Very good animated movie.
My one year old runs up and stands against the tv to dance any time they have a musical number on this cartoon. The music is so lively and fun, not to mention, Robyn Williams is hilarious. A joy to watch, especially for parents wary of having to sit through a cartoon
For a movie that supposedly values people's character over their appearance, it's ironic that the only thing memorable about Robots is how wonderful it looks.
Lets start with the story, the typical story of the small town kidgoing to the big city. Makes friends with some interesting characters,but is tossed down by reality - almost returns home - but then turnsaround, saves the day - the end. I won't call that a spoiler, becauselets face it - if they all turned into scrap, this wouldn't be a kidsfilm. Even with such a typical story - it's easy to accept that andmove on, but as the story unfolds, none of the climatic moments havereal meaning. It fizzles and falls flat, and by the end I don't reallycare about any of these characters.Save for Wonder-bot, Rodney's first invention - who reminds me of Geniefrom 'Aladdin' more so than Robin Williams' own Fender. He is so fullof personality and makes some great character development - and becausehe lacks a voice, you never feel like he's there because of somecelebrity behind him. He reminds me a bit of Morph from 'TreasurePlanet' - except cuter and more creative. Even Robin Williams isn't upto his potential, because we know what he can do with Genie, butperhaps the metal exterior isn't the best way to form him. He is afunny character, but also like the movie - most of these jokes can befound in the much funnier 'Futurama'. I personally prefer Bender, andwould be interested in seeing how Rodney (such an innocent character heis) could deal with someone so opposite as him.All of the other characters are literally scrap - Amanda Bynes comesclose to developing a character, but truly - there are too manycharacters going around that are very 2 dimensional. We don't get toknow any of them, and I suspect that their only reason for existence isso they could harbor more celebrity voices. Take Halle Berry forexample - she has NO REASON to be in this movie other thanEwan/Rodney's love interest. We all know she can act - but shecertainly gave no character to this pointless girl. In fact I can'teven remember her name. She just happens to show up and happens to haveinterest in Rodney - and just goes along. No chemistry at all - even atthe end I'm still questioning her existence or even why she has a pointin this film. I would have preferred for them to stick with AmandaBynes being the love interest (as she has a crush on Rodney) - it's notlike the age difference (which I couldn't figure out) would havemattered - especially since Robin Williams is her older brother. She atleast had a more interesting character than Halle - and that's notreally saying much.It's not a bad thing to have a lot of characters, look at Finding Nemo!But at least Finding Nemo gave each of their characters a bit ofspotlight and allowed them to flex their personality. Everything wasalmost appealing - but never went much further than they really couldhave. I also thought the villain was pretty dull - he actually wasquite a wimp when it came down to it. He's a momma's boy - and Icouldn't possess any way of actually fearing this guy - because when itcame down to it he was a shallow wimp. At least Disney bad guys willmake us laugh - or if they don't they scare us up a bit - but this guyis just too typical a bad guy. There's nothing different about him -and he isn't memorable at all.Another problem I had was the soundtrack - too much of it! Randomlythey would insert these pop songs, and it was even more pointless tothe film. It's even obvious that they were in there just to be in there- and they would last for five seconds for that matter. Only theBritney Spears song actually had a point and that was just for a coupleseconds for a joke. Any other pop/rap song thrown in just dated thefilm, and made an annoying distraction. The score was very nice - Idon't see why anything else was really needed outside of using themusic as a joke.This film is very beautiful, and very creative in appearance - but thestory is just too flat to really achieve anything of classic status. Ididn't smile at the end or have any feelings for wanting to see more.That's when you can tell a movie is good - when you wish it werelonger, or that you really want to see more. The movie was veryunderwhelming, which is sad because at first it had so much wonderfulpotential. Their world is quite creative - and even some of the plotbits are clever. However in the end - it just isn't enough to satisfy,and leaves you rather empty. I was really hoping it would be memorable- but for it's few glittering moments, and it's fantastic art design -I give it a 6/10. I wish it was more than it was - because it reallycould have been great. For now - I'm just hoping they get back to IceAge 2, and just pray that they don't screw it up.And lets face it ... Ewan McGregor is from Scotland and trying to pulloff an American accent - and it doesn't really work. I just hope thatmost of these people go back to acting in front of the camera, becausethat's what they're good at. Voice acting is an art - and they'retrying to make the Mona Lisa out of mud.
Is it just me, or is there something utterly perverse when amulti-billion dollar corporation hopes to make tons of money by makinga frivolous movie that is critical of multi-billion dollar corporationswho produce frivolous products that are intended to make tons of money?ROBOTS is one such movie, though it is by no means a rarity. TheHollywood studios, among the most crassly capitalistic companies in theworld, just love to churn out condescending movies designed to warn themasses of the evils of capitalism. But it is worth pointing out ROBOTSin particular because here is also a film that pointedly denounces thedangers of advancing technology -- even though it foregoes the eleganttradition of hand-drawn animation in favor of the cold and mechanizevirtues of computerized CGI animation.Now, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with taking a stand on behalf"the good old days," and ROBOTS tries desperately to cop anold-fashioned look and attitude. There is certainly nothing sleek andmodern about the design or the message of the film; the stylizedrobotic characters in the film harken back to at least the 1940's andbeyond, and the tiresome, mawkish sentimentality shoehorned into thestory is probably as old as the written word. But such smug posturingis meaningless if the filmmakers don't practice what they preach. Theelaborately designed Rube Goldberg images and action sequences areimpressive, I suppose, in a purely mechanical way, but they have nosense of authenticity. The break-neck pace of the storytelling and themass produced quality of the images make a mockery of the film'sattempt to make its robot characters seem human or to make its messageseem humane. The ramshackle nature of the inventions are intended tohave a clumsy innocence to their instability, but are just too slicklyexecuted to have any charm. Everything in the film is just so obviouslycounterfeit, like "cheese food" products that contain no dairy -- whichis an apt comparison, because "cheesy" is certainly an appropriateadjective here.The story involves a starry-eyed, small town innocent, a robot namedRodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan MacGregor), who goes to thegenerically named Robot City to earn fame and fortune as an inventor.He discovers that the mega-corporation that apparently rules the entiresociety has been stolen from the god-like Bigweld (Mel Brooks) andtaken over by the evil capitalist Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), who wants toforce unnecessary "upgrades" on everyone, rather than to let them bethemselves; mass produced uniformity over folksy individuality. Ratchetalso wants to exterminate anyone who doesn't upgrade, thus the filmdishonestly equates capitalism with Nazism. The film's "be yourself"message seems benevolent, unless you also interpret it as also meaning"know your place." In the end, the film seems to be a choice betweenthe evil dictator, Ratchet, or the benevolent dictator, Bigweld -- withRodney waiting in the wings as Bigweld's heir apparent.It is easy to read too much into any political message the film mightharbor (especially with the loaded implication of a word like"robots"), but the possible propaganda value of the tale is likelyinsignificant considering just how listless and uninspiring thefinished film is. Despite the intricate, professional quality of theartwork, ROBOTS is remarkably unpleasant to even look at. The computerallows the animators to jam-pack every square of the film with busylittle bits of chaos, yet the use of muted colors and flat imagesrender the film strangely desolate. And being made of nuts and boltsand slapped together sheets of metal and mismatched parts, there isnothing remotely lovable about robots -- in general or these inparticular. There is not a single endearing character in the film;indeed, they're all downright creepy. It says something when thefilmmakers idea of making the robots seem human is by making themillogically flatulent.I suppose the filmmakers are trying to make some sort of statementabout mankind, using robots as a metaphor, which makes no sense whenrobots by their nature represent impersonal conformity and the absenceof spontaneity. Thus all the film's efforts at sentimentality come offas being from a pre-set computer program. Oddly, the more thefilmmakers try to say that robots are people too, the more they seem tosuggest that people are little more than robots. Maybe that is theirview of the movie-going public.
The story is predictable, mediocre and clichéd, but visually, the film is marvelous.
This review is from: Robots (Amazon Instant Video) 5 year old son loved it as did I. Great humor, loved the comedy. Going to buy this one for the collection.
This review is from: Robots (Widescreen Edition) (DVD) We'd got this movie on pay-per-view and our 3 year old loved it so much that I got the video for her. it's a favourite of everyone in the family - we watch it over and over again almost everyday - and still enjoy it each and every time!
I don't generally enjoy cartoon movies but my entire family ages 27, 8, 6, 1 1/2 , all enjoyed this movie so much. We all laughed through the entire thing. It is rare for all of us to agree on a movie and this one did it.
Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) has never been a rich robot. His dad worked in a restaurant as a dishwasher, so instead of shiny new parts, Rodney always had hand-me-downs. But Rodney dreamed of a better life as an inventor. So when he's finally old enough, Rodney decides to say goodbye to his parents. He buys himself a one-way ticket to Robot City, where he'll finally meet his hero, Bigweld (Mel Brooks) and make his dreams come true. Once Rodney arrives in Robot City, however, he finds that Bigweld has disappeared, and he's been replaced by Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), who, with his mother, Madame Gasket (Jim Broadbent), is plotting to do away with hand-me-down robots once and for all. Together, with his new friends (including Fender, played by Robin Williams, and Piper, played by Amanda Bynes), Rodney decides to find Bigweld and bring him back to Robot City.Don't expect any Oscars for Robots-because it's just another animated movie. Yes, the animation is pretty cool, but that doesn't carry this movie past its dull and unoriginal plot. Robin Williams, who brought life to Disney's Aladdin, may be a bright spot, bringing plenty of laughs-but even he couldn't make this movie more than just so-so. Robots is an amusing movie-good for a few laughs. But after all the great animated movies that have come out lately-with original stories, spectacular animation, and plenty of humor-moviegoers have learned to expect more than just a few fart jokes and a neat animated scene or two. Rent it if you've got nothing better to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon-or buy a copy to keep the kids entertained for a few weeks-but it's not a must-see.
From the team that made Ice Age possible.Robots is taken place in a fictional robot world. Everything ismechanical and artificial.The story revolves on Rodney Copperbottom a regular robot who wasinspired by a TV show with Big Weld(a famous robot who make repairs andideas possible for other robots). Rodney decides to become an inventorlike Big Weld himself.When Rodney is a fully functional robot, he leaves his home and travelsto the big City where Big Weld's company is. Little does he know thatthere's been changes there for sometime.Robots is a good movie. Different from Ice Age, but still good. Hasmore voice talents in it including: Ewan McGreger, Robin Williams,Amada Bynes, Drew Carey, Halle Barry, Mel Brooks, etc.It's rated PG for mild humor, and a scene involving making fart noises.Those who like Ice Age might like this one. Rent it first if you're nottoo sure about it.
Clever rather than heartfelt. Still, it's a high grade of clever, and I enjoyed it a lot.
Shares more in common with an average episode of Scooby Doo than it does with Monster's Inc.
McGregor makes a solid lead but the standout is Amanda Bynes as Piper, who steals almost every scene she's in - she should do more voiceover work.
For a movie that rails against the notion of creative artists toiling amid corporate gloom, Robots often feels calculated and mass-produced.
This review is from: Robots [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) GRAND KIDS ALWAYS ASK PAPPY TO PLAY THIS MOVIE AGAIN AND AGAIN, VERY ENTERTAINING...A MUST VIEW VIDEO FOR ALL AGES