Crankin' out Good Fun!
Robots
Review by Ross Anthony

Wonderfully entertaining! Visually tantalizing! Musically upbeat! A modern animation with the spirit of the "Wizard of OZ" and "Willy Wonka." From the very opening scene to the end of the film, your smile will never drop, but your mouth will open to howl or chuckle on many occasions. Adults, kids, everyone!

It's the story of a small town robot (Rodney) gone to the big city to live out his dreams. Of course, the city reality isn't as shiny as he thought.

The story tellers do a great job of endearing us to Rodney's family even though they are only used to frame the main story. This gives the main story strong drive and lift. So many quality actors give quality voice performances. I thought I might find Robin Williams' efforts a bit tired, but his contributions are wonderful. Kudos to Stanley Tucci too for making Rodney's dad so lovable.

It's obvious that the design, creation and animation of the figures and sets are dazzling, lush and rich. The screenwriters also deserve a big hand for weaving fun fresh dialogue throughout. Keep your ears open and eyes peeled, the film has plenty of quick wit both in the audio and visual as well as clever commentary on philosophies of business and self.

I loved the picture, but are there any scratches in the metal? Yes, two minor mars: a cross-dressing joke used twice -- not funny. Rodney's invention kicking gatekeeper -- wrong note wrong moment.

Otherwise this is a fine fine picture. Made by the same folks that did "ICE AGE," but better. (Between an A and an A+ -- I'm rounding up.)

Additionally, the preview for "Ice Age 2" had this audience in stitches.


  • Robots. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Robin Williams, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Jim Broadbent, Will Denten.
  • Directed by Chris Wedge.
  • Screenplay by MDavid Lindsay-Abaire, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.
  • Produced by Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin, William Joyce at 20th Century/Blue Sky.

Grade..........................A+ (4/4)

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