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Director: Chris Wedge

Cast: Chris Wedge, Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams


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For this follow-up to their mega-hit Ice Age, directors Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge team with the screenwriting duo behind Parenthood and City Slickers, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. Robots stars Ewan McGregor as the voice of Rodney Copperbottom, an idealistic robot who wants to convince his electronic brethren to come together andSee more details below


For this follow-up to their mega-hit Ice Age, directors Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge team with the screenwriting duo behind Parenthood and City Slickers, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. Robots stars Ewan McGregor as the voice of Rodney Copperbottom, an idealistic robot who wants to convince his electronic brethren to come together and work toward making the world a better place. As the story unfolds, Rodney faces opposition from an evil corporation headed by Big Weld (Mel Brooks) and finds some unlikely allies in the form of a ragtag group of misfit robots called the Rusties and voiced by the likes of Drew Carey and Amanda Bynes. Stanley Tucci and Dianne Wiest provide the voices of Rodney's parents, and Halle Berry portrays his love interest, Cappy.

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Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
From the creators of the hit animated film Ice Age comes a new spin on the coming-of-age story: the tale of a young, starry-eyed...robot. Rodney Copperbottom (the near-unrecognizable voice of Ewan McGregor) is a genius teenage inventor from a little town who wants nothing more than to travel to Robot City to seek his fortune at Bigweld Industries, the home to the greatest inventor of them all, the reclusive Bigweld (Mel Brooks). Rodney has big dreams, and after creating Wonderbot -- a flying 'bot made of kitchen parts -- he embarks on his journey to the big city. But after arriving, he discovers that achieving his dream may be a lot harder than he realized. First, he can't get hired at Bigweld Industries, because the company has some new employees: Cappy (Halle Berry), the beautiful, sleek 'bot who becomes the object of Rodney's affection, and the corporate tyrant Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), who is on a mission to stop supplying parts to the older robots of the city by creating newer -- and more expensive -- robot models. Then, when Rodney has nowhere to live, he's befriended by the misfit Rusties: Fender (the typically zany Robin Williams), a 'bot who's continually losing pieces of himself; Piper (Amanda Bynes), Fender's kid sister; Crank Casey (Drew Carey), the pessimist of the group; Lug (Harland Williams), the slow-witted gentle giant; Diesel, the Harpo Marx-like robot without a voice box; and Aunt Fanny (Jennifer Coolidge), the kindhearted mother figure of the bunch. When Rodney discovers what Ratchet is trying to do, he and his friends decide to put a stop to it by finding Bigweld and bringing him back to restore the company.

Coming up with a new way to tell this type of tale is never easy, but screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, veterans of TV comedy, pull this off perfectly. In the film we see Rodney growing up, and several sequences are extremely clever in dealing with the aging of a robot: His parents actually put Rodney together from parts in a box; when the youngster starts to cry, his father turns down his volume knob; and we see Rodney grow older as he slowly adds on parts handed down from his older cousins. Of course, the film wouldn't be as visually appealing as it is without the talents of Blue Sky Studios, the animation company that was responsible for Ice Age. Working from designs by children's illustrator William Joyce (who created Rollie Pollie Olie) Blue Sky spent almost three years on design work alone, doing everything from creating the main character (who was inspired by an outboard motor) to creating a computer algorithm that could automatically spread rust on surfaces. Using a computer technology that allowed the animators to render the environments as if they were working with real lights on a set, they were able to animate approximately three seconds of film per week. The entire film took over two years to completely animate, using a process called "rigging," which provides a sort of bone structure over a character that an animator can then manipulate. Each facial movement -- from the twitch of an eyebrow to a grin -- is done individually. And that's only one step in the complicated process of storyboards, voice recording, lighting effects, and post-production that brought Robots to life. And to see the attention to detail offered by these animators, keep an eye out for a close-up of the dial on Rodney's chest: You'll see the Blue Sky logo! But to fully appreciate the process, you need to check out the extras on Robots, which include commentary from technical directors and animation heads, a featurette that describes what inspired the creation of the characters, and much more.

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Special Features

Read along with kids captioning available in English and Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Rodney Copperbottom
Halle Berry Cappy
Robin Williams Fender
Greg Kinnear Ratchet
Mel Brooks Bigweld
Drew Carey Crank Casey
Jim Broadbent Madame Gasket
Amanda Bynes Piper Pinwheeler
Jennifer Coolidge Aunt Fanny
Stanley Tucci Herb Copperbottom
Dianne Wiest Mrs. Copperbottom
Paul Giamatti Tim the Gate Guard
Natasha Lyonne Loretta Geargrinder
Terry Bradshaw Broken Arm Bot
Dan Hedaya Mr. Gunk
James Earl Jones Voice Box at Hardware Store
Jay Leno Fire Hydrant
Al Roker Mailbox
Stephen Tobolowsky Bigmouth Executive
Harland Williams Lug
Lowell Ganz Mr. Gasket
Lucille Bliss Pigeon Lady
Dylan Denton Youngest Rodney
Will Denton Young Rodney
Marshall Erwin Efron Lamppost,Toilet Bot,Bass Drum,Microphone
Damien Fahey Stage Announcer
Jackie Hoffman Water Cooler
Brian McFadden Trashcan Bot
Tim Nordquist Tin Man
Jansen Panettiere Younger Rodney
Alan Rosenberg Jack Hammer
Chris Wedge Wonderbot,Phone Booth
Crawford Wilson Young Rodney
Lara Cody Voice Only
Cooper Cowgill Voice Only
David Crommett Voice Only
Darin de Paul Voice Only
Dann Fink Voice Only
Timothy Gulan Voice Only
Alexander Haney Voice Only
Angela Haney Voice Only
Ray Iannicelli Voice Only
Sondra James Voice Only
Vanessa Lemonides Voice Only
Anthony J. Lewis Voice Only
Marcus Maurice Voice Only
Jennifer Perito Voice Only
Kristin Reeves Voice Only
David Rossmer Voice Only
Lyla Stone Voice Only
Bruce Winant Voice Only

Technical Credits
Chris Wedge Director
John Carnochan Editor
Jerry Davis Producer
John C. Donkin Producer
Lowell Ganz Screenwriter
Sean Garnhart Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Hemphill Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Joyce Producer,Production Designer
David Lindsay-Abaire Original Story,Screenwriter
Becky Mancuso-Winding Musical Direction/Supervision
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
Steve Martino Art Director
Paul Massey Sound/Sound Designer
Jim McClain Original Story
Christopher Meledandri Executive Producer
Ron Mita Original Story
John Powell Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Robots
1. Rivet Town's Newest Arrival
2. The Copperbottom Boy (Main Titles)
3. The World of Bigweld
4. The Inventor
5. Follow Your Dream
6. Robot City
7. The Crosstown Express
8. Those Days Are Over
9. Rodney Drops In
10. Magnetic Personality
11. Madame Gasket
12. Scroungers
13. Outmoded
14. The Rusties
15. Aunt Fanny's Boarding House
16. Repairs by Rodney
17. Going to the Bigweld Ball
18. Troublemaker
19. Looking for Mr. Bigweld
20. Fender Under Fire
21. Dad's Advice
22. Bigweld's Back!
23. Rodney on the Run
24. Robot Rebellion
25. See a Need, Fill a Need
26. My Right-Hand Bot
27. Get Up Offa That Thing
28. End Titles


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