Robots

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Chris Wedge and executive producer William Joyce; audio commentary by head technical directors and animation heads; "Discontinued Parts" (deleted scenes) with director¹s commentary; all-new Xbox exclusive multiplayer racing game featuring never-before-seen tracks, gameplay modes and gadgets where players can race as one of several characters from Robots; interactive games including Robot Dance, Invent-A-Bot and a Fender Photo Shoot; The Blue Man Group featurette; "You Can Shine No Matter What You¹re Made Of" character inspiration featurette; the original Robots short, the short that sold the concept to the studio with director¹s commentary; Ice Age 2 promotional short; exclusive inside look at the making of Ice Age 2; DVD-Rom link; TV spots; trailers.
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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • UPC: 024543193845
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,846

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Voice Only
Halle Berry Voice Only
Robin Williams Voice Only
Greg Kinnear Voice Only
Mel Brooks Voice Only
Drew Carey Voice Only
Jim Broadbent Voice Only
Amanda Bynes Voice Only
Jennifer Coolidge Voice Only
Stanley Tucci Voice Only
Dianne Wiest Voice Only
Paul Giamatti Voice Only
Natasha Lyonne Voice Only
Terry Bradshaw Voice Only
Dan Hedaya Voice Only
James Earl Jones Voice Only
Jay Leno Voice Only
Al Roker Voice Only
Stephen Tobolowsky Voice Only
Harland Williams Voice Only
Lowell Ganz Voice Only
Lucille Bliss Voice Only
Dylan Denton Voice Only
Will Denton Voice Only
Marshall Erwin Efron Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Damien Fahey Voice Only
Jackie Hoffman Voice Only
Brian McFadden Voice Only
Tim Nordquist Voice Only
Jansen Panettiere Voice Only
Alan Rosenberg Voice Only
Chris Wedge Voice Only, Voice Only
Crawford Wilson Voice Only
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 Jr. 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 [2:03]
2. The Copperbottom Boy (Main Titles) [2:20]
3. The World Of Bigweld [2:16]
4. The Inventor [:36]
5. Follow Your Dream [3:33]
6. Robot City [2:18]
7. The Crosstown Express [:25]
8. Those Days Are Over [2:18]
9. Rodney Drops In [3:11]
10. Magnetic Personality [:34]
11. Madame Gasket [3:03]
12. Scroungers [2:01]
13. Outmoded [1:25]
14. The Rusties [:35]
15. Aunt Fanny's Boarding House [2:39]
16. Repairs By Rodney [3:09]
17. Going To The Bigweld Ball [:30]
18. Troublemaker [1:54]
19. Looking For Mr. Bigweld [1:49]
20. Fender Under Fire [1:19]
21. Dad's Advice [2:55]
22. Bigweld's Back! [4:04]
23. Rodney On The Run [:46]
24. Robot Rebellion [3:47]
25. See a Need, Fill a Need [2:49]
26. My Right-Hand Bot [1:09]
27. Get Up Offa That Thing [5:21]
28. End Titles [:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Robots
   Play
   Scene Access
   Languages
      Languages
         English DTS
         English 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
         Director and Producer Commentary
         Blue Sky Technical Commentary
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
   Upgrades
      Mechanical Mistakes: Rodney Loses His Head
      Commentaries
         Commentary By Director Chris Wedge and Production Designer/Producer William Joyce: On
         Commentary By Director Chris Wedge and Production Designer/Producer William Joyce: Off
         Blue Sky Studios Technical Commentary: On
         Blue Sky Studios Technical Commentary: Off
      Aunt Fanny's Tour Of Booty
      Robots Original Test
         Optional Commentary By Director Chris Wedge and Co-Director Carlos Saldanha: On
         Optional Commentary By Director Chris Wedge and Co-Director Carlos Saldanha: Off
      Discontinued Parts
         Deleted Scenes
            Play All
            Tim From The TV Show
            Rodney And The Rusties
            Rodney's Visitor
            Commentary By Director Chris Wedge: On
            Commentary By Director Chris Wedge: Off
      "You Can Shine, No Matter What You're Made Of"
      Blue Man Group
      Meet The Bots
         Rodney
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Bigweld
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Fender
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Cappy
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Piper
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Crank
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Lug
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Diesel
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Aunt Fanny
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Ratchet
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
         Madame Gasket
            The Voice Behind The Bot
            Design Gallery
            3-D Turnaround
      The Robot Arcade
         Robot Dance
         Fender Photo Shoot
         Invent-A-Bot
      Robots Multi-Player XBox Video Game Demo
      Fox Promos
         Robots Soundtrack Promo
         Bratz Rock Angel 2 Trailer
         Ferngully Special Edition Trailer
         Strawberry Shortcake Trailer
         Garfield Trailer
         Malcolm In The Middle Promo
         If You Liked This Film, You May want To Try...
      Dvd Rom
   Inside Look
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, funny movie

    Really cute, great characters. fun for adults too!

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    great movie

    this movie had my daughter finding all kinds of things around the house that she could make stuff with. it's pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny Through And Through

    This film is flat out the best animated film that I have seen in 2005. Robin Williams just makes me crack up every time his charater appears. I don't care what anyone else thinks. I call this film a true masterpiece of computer animation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best cartoons of the year!

    This movie is one of the best cartoon comedies of the year next to "Madagascar". I absolutely love this movie and I am going to buy it on DVD when it comes out. I am also looking forward to seeing "Ice Age 2: the Meltdown" in theaters next year.

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