Film Screening 7th August, 2005

Poster for Robots


3:00 PM, 7th August, 2005

  • G
  • 92 mins
  • 2005
  • Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
  • David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Greg Kinnear

The thing I love about animation films is that there's always a serious message hidden in the plot that manages to sink in because we all enjoy watching animated characters making fun of each other. It's even better when the character voices are the voices of celebrities who we would normally not even associate with a character they voice. Robots is no different.
The plot? Basically it's all about how we all consider corporate execs as idols when of course this is only going to lead to disappointment. Rodney Copperbottom (McGregor) is considered a genius inventor who dreams of two things, making the world a better place and meeting his idol, the master inventor Bigweld (Brooks). On his journey to the big smoke he encounters Cappy (Berry), a beautiful executive `bot with whom Rodney is instantly smitten (hell yeah!), the evil corporate tyrant Ratchet (Kinnear) - watch for the boardroom scene - and a group of misfit `bots known as the Rusties.
The hidden message I was talking about? The title gives it away I think. Maybe we are too quickly becoming robots in our own lives, from the way we work (work is more important than our family) to the way we live (the individual will never win against a corporation or mainstream society). There are others, but I suppose you'll just have to see Robots to understand what I'm talking about.

Andrew Hughes