Robots (2005)

DailyView: Day 146, Movie 224

I was listening to this week’s Top 10 Show with John Rocha and Matt Knost and their topic was Top 10 films with robots. On Matt’s list at #10 was an animated movie called Robots. I had heard of the film before but I had not seen it, and Matt talked about it with such positivity as well as mentioning that Robin Williams, one of my all-time favorite people, voiced one of the characters. I decided this would be the choice for the DailyView today.

In a world of all robots, young Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) is hoping to become a great inventor, just like his idol, the beloved robot Bigwell (Mel Brooks). However, Bigwell has disappeared and his company was being taken over by Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), whose plan was to force everyone to buy upgrades instead of spare parts. Rodney, after meeting a friend Fender (Robin Williams) and his family, started searching for the missing genius.

While the story of this movie is a bit lackluster, there is no denying that the voice cast is superb and the animation is beautiful. I found myself laughing quite a lot, especially hearing the fantastic work of Robin Williams once again.

Beside Williams, McGregor, Brooks and Kinnear, the voice cast is packed. There is Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Paula Abdul, Jim Broadbent, Terry Bradshaw, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Will Denton, Paul Giamatti, Lucille Bliss, James Earl Jones, Jay Leno, Al Roker, Stanley Tucci, and Dianne Wiest,

This was a fun film. There is enough here for both kids and their parents, and with Robin Williams providing a voice, what more could you ask for?

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