I have recently had the pleasure to watch the
20th Century Fox/Blue Sky animated adventure Robots.
Robots is set in a world populated entirely by robots, this is
the story of a young genius, Rodney [Ewan McGregor], who wants to make robots
capable of making the world a better place, but he finds his dream challenged
when his hero, and master inventor, Big Weld [Mel Brooks], is replaced by
Ratchet [Greg Kinnear], a corrupt corporate exec put in charge of Robot
City by his mother, Madame Gasket [Jim Broadbent].
Rodney gets delivered.
Robots- The Premise
To start, Robots is a wonderful film with
some of the best CG animation I have seen to date. I would like to see some
one remove the CG characters and put in real actors, as I don't think anyone
would have caught that the sets are all CG [for the most part]. The only
problem viewers might have with Robots is the premise. For Shrek
we have the love story, for Monsters Inc. we have the relationship
between a little girl and a monster, for Ice Age we have the bonding
of friends as they attempt to save a little child, for Robots we
do not have any of that. Robots runs a simple premise-- Anybody
can be great if they believe in themselves. While this is a nice idea, it
is a hard premise to pull everyone into. By the end of the film, you do
not feel any emotional bond to any of the characters, except for maybe Fender
[Robin Williams] and Big Weld. Rodney [McGregor] plays the standard 'I have
a dream' hero that does nothing more than bring you along for the ride.
To be honest, the major star of Robots is the animation team. The
special effects and animation in this film are nothing short of excellent.
If you want an example, check out the Cross
Town Express clip, this type of animation occurs throughout
the entire film. Even though the Cross Town Express and the chase scene
near the end were my favorite aspects, there are tons of scenes that can
take your breath away in how well they are designed and animated.
Rodney hits Robot City
Robots begins with the birth of Rodney
and ends with him 'making his parents' proud. A good film, but nothing to
get to excited about; all because of a hard premise to satisfy.
Robots- The Movie
Other than that, you are going to enjoy this film.
Robots obviously features a lot of nice humor additions from Robin
Williams, plus some great parodies of movies, television, and pop songs.
The battle scene at near the end of the film was classic, and when they
kick in the 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' song, I was cracking up. There are
also some great lines from Fender, but I do not want to ruin those for you.
Fender provides the laughs
Final Judgment: Robots is a great CG animated film that is
only hurt by its inability for profound relationships to occur between
its main characters. Halle Berry's character, Cappy, was supposed to have
a love relationship with Rodney, but there was very little development
between them. Robots strength is rather in its ability to offer
some easy laughs and some of the most impressive CG animation you will
see this year.
For trailers, clips, movie stills, and synopsis,
go to the Robots