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

Blue sky studios technical commentary; Aunt Fanny's tour of booty ; The voices of robots ; Deleted scenes with optional commentaries ; Music video
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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: 3/22/2011
  • UPC: 024543703549
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 74,081

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
Lucille Bliss Voice Only
Lara Cody Voice Only
Cooper Cowgill Voice Only
David Crommett Voice Only
Darin de Paul 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
Dann Fink Voice Only
Lowell Ganz Voice Only
Timothy Gulan Voice Only
Alexander Haney Voice Only
Angela Haney Voice Only
Jackie Hoffman Voice Only
Ray Iannicelli Voice Only
Sondra James Voice Only
Vanessa Lemonides Voice Only
Anthony J. Lewis Jr. Voice Only
Marcus Maurice Voice Only
Brian McFadden Voice Only
Tim Nordquist Voice Only
Jansen Panettiere Voice Only
Jennifer Perito Voice Only
Kristin Reeves Voice Only
Alan Rosenberg Voice Only
David Rossmer Voice Only
Lyla Stone Voice Only
Chris Wedge Voice Only, Voice Only
Crawford Wilson Voice Only
Bruce Winant Voice Only
Technical Credits
Carlos Saldanha Director
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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Customer Reviews

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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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