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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a CopperBottomed HIT!
I have just finished watching one of the best cartoons I have ever seen and that cartoon is ROBOTS! From start to finish it is a visual treat, with enough gags to interest and provide novelty even after repeated viewings. The characters are heartwarming, Robin Williams voices a full blown nutjob as usual, and the films climax will have you cheering as the "little man"...
Published on 17 Sep 2005 by R. A. Caton

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3.0 out of 5 stars From the amusing creators of Ice Age!
This will never be a Pixar beater, but it is funny in it's own way.
Ewan McGregor voices Rodney Copperbottom, who tavels to the big city to get his invention created, only to find a company that is over-run by greed and wants to stop robot upgrades - meaning that all robots will have to buy their products or become ruined, rusty and abandoned. So Rodney, with his new...
Published on 2 Sep 2005 by Mr. J. WARE


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a CopperBottomed HIT!, 17 Sep 2005
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R. A. Caton "Arcaton" (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robots [DVD] (DVD)
I have just finished watching one of the best cartoons I have ever seen and that cartoon is ROBOTS! From start to finish it is a visual treat, with enough gags to interest and provide novelty even after repeated viewings. The characters are heartwarming, Robin Williams voices a full blown nutjob as usual, and the films climax will have you cheering as the "little man" triumphs over the forces of greed. Ratchet is a villain in the Macbeth mould; infirm of purpose but motivated by Mommy in the pursuit of profit; mommy in this case being a diabolical robot of darkest motive.
Oh yes in Robots we have the feelgood DVD of late 2005....
get thee hence and buy it now! you'll not regret it.
The extras aren't bad, the previews quite good but with a main feature THIS GOOD it can stand on its own anyway.
Um...did I mention it was good?
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From the amusing creators of Ice Age!, 2 Sep 2005
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Mr. J. WARE "wolvieware" (London) - See all my reviews
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This will never be a Pixar beater, but it is funny in it's own way.
Ewan McGregor voices Rodney Copperbottom, who tavels to the big city to get his invention created, only to find a company that is over-run by greed and wants to stop robot upgrades - meaning that all robots will have to buy their products or become ruined, rusty and abandoned. So Rodney, with his new found city friends, tries to stop them.
First off, the graphics are great. The city is huge and bustling, and vibrant - it could be a real fantasy place! It is here that the humour really takes place, just little things that you might miss out of the corner of the screen are usually the funniest, but there are some true stand out moments.
When Rodney becomes magnetic is hilarious, and easily my favourite part in the film. Other great moments come courtesy of a climactic chase sequence, and a quiet moment ruined by...a fart!
I saw this film with two young children, and they both loved it. They laughed all the way through - the humour is more orientated towards the younger generation,but there are a handful of adult orientated jokes courtesy of Robin William's character.
All the characters are loveable, and it was a easy time to pass 90minutes. If you have a family, I would definately reccommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids animation with a very corporate theme, 1 July 2007
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Robots is a beautifully computer animated movie about... Robots. Basically, the main robot in the story, Rodney (voiced by Ewan McGregor), decides to go to the big city to meet up with his childhood hero, Bigweld (voiced by Mel Brooks), and to get his invention out to the other robots. His invention is basically another robot but this is pretty much a fairy tale anyways, right? Rodney runs into Fender (voiced by Robin Williams) upon his arrival in the big Robot City when Fender tries to take advantage of Rodney and soon after, tries to steal his foot! I guess that is the robot equivalent of stealing shoes by the thieves here in the real world. Little things like that made the movie a unique experience. You can tell that a lot of thought went into the little parts, like the "making the baby" scene at the beginning. I thought that was ingenious, especially for a kids movie and still keeping it clean. The best looking robots were the sharp looking corporate robots. Ratchet (voiced by Greg Kinnear) was the main villain here and Cappy (voiced by Halle Berry) was the female corporate robot on the side of good, eventually helping Rodney in his quest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better animations, 23 Jan 2009
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This animation will please many people from little kids to big. Well I was 50 when I first watched it so that must make me a big kid!! I was enchanted from start to finish & at no point did I get bored. Some animations can get very syrupy but not this one, the action, comedy & excellent voice artists will keep you glued to the screen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound & Vision - plus some jokes!, 17 April 2006
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Great looking & sounding. For some the story might be a bit lacking but others (me too) will find it charming & entertaining.

The colours thru out are lovely - bright, giving a real 3D effect.

The sound is used really well & the James Brown jam at the end of the film is almost worth the cost of the film itself.

Give it a try - its a bit diferrent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROBOTS [2005] [Blu-ray] [US Import], 22 Dec 2013
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ROBOTS [2005] [Blu-ray] [US Import] THRILLING! FUNNY! TERRIFIC! AND IMAGINATIVE!

Fasten your seat bolts and gear up for a hilarious, heart-warming comedy that's "fun for the whole family!" says Clay Smith of Access Hollywood.

With the help of his misfit mechanical friends, a small town robot named Rodney embarks on the adventure of a lifetime as he heads for the big city to pursue his dreams and ultimately proves that anyone can shine no matter what they're made of.

Featuring an all-star voice cast and a ground breaking visual style that pushes the boundaries of animated filmmaking, Robots is a dazzling, fun-filled feast for the eyes and a riveting good time for all ages.

FILM FACTS: The film was nominated for many awards in the category of best animated film, as well as awards for character design, best animated character, voice casting, and sound editing. However, it only won one, the MTV [Mexico] Movie Award for best song, "Un Héroe Real".[

Voice Cast: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear, Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes, Drew Carey, Jennifer Coolidge, Harland Williams, Jim Broadbent, Dianne Wiest, Stanley Tucci, Natasha Lyonne, Paul Giamatti and Dan Hedaya

Director: Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha [co-director]

Producers: Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin and William Joyce

Screenplay: Babaloo Mandel, David Lindsay-Abaire and Lowell Ganz

Composer: John Powell

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 DTS, German: 5.1 DTS, Italian: 5.1 DTS, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Danish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Dutch: 5.1 DTS, Danish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Norwegian: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Catalan: 5.1 DTS, Swedish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Czech: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Icelandic: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Hebrew: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish

Running Time: 91 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – From the creator of "Ice Age," director Chris Wedge, "Robots" falls into much the same trap as that minor 2002 computer-generated effort. Simply put, 20th Century Fox's animated unit, Blue Sky Productions, cannot keep up with the incendiary heights of Pixar, paling in comparison in the story and character departments and lacking the much-needed heart that makes a passable family film great. With that said, "Robots" is a frequently dazzling eye-opener that is worth seeing just for its visuals of a bustling, futuristic metropolis presided over by a population of mechanical beings.

The hero of the story is Rodney Copperbottom [Ewan McGregor], a talented aspiring inventor who leaves his parents [Stanley Tucci and Dianne Wiest] and small-town existence to make his dreams come true in Robot City. Once there, Rodney's hopes of meeting famed bigwig inventor Bigweld [Mel Brooks] are dashed when he discovers the company is now lorded over by the tyrannical, money-hungry Phineas T. Ratchet [Greg Kinnear]. Instructed by his dastardly, androgynous mother, Madame Gasket [Jim Broadbent], Phineas has made it his mission to sell high-priced parts to the faltering, fading low-mode bot residents. If they are not able to afford it, as is the case with the high-energy Fender [Robin Williams], sweepers are sent out to destroy them and store them in the junkyard. Not one to take such unethical behaviour lying down, Rodney teams up with Fender, Fender's kid-sis, Piper [Amanda Bynes], beautiful company exec Cappy [Halle Berry], and the rest of the low-modes to put a stop to Ratchet's plan and right the wrongs of the Bigweld company.

"Robots" has been written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel [2000's "Where the Heart Is"], who cook up a fair share of ingenious comedic fodder as they put a robotic spin on the actual human world. For example, in the robots' world, going into labour means mantling the spare parts of a mechanical baby; public restrooms are divided not by male and female but by input and output symbols; and maps to the stars' homes features celebrities such as Britney Gears. Whereas 2004's mediocre "Shark Tale" suffered enormously by its flash-in-the-pan pop-cultural references, the ones in "Robots" are more original and appropriate, including funny uses of Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" and Chingy's "Right Thurrr."

If director Chris Wedge and screenwriters Ganz and Mandel have the humorous aspects of "Robots" down pat, they are on less solid ground when handling their plot and ensemble characters. The storyline is very thin and a little muddled; zooming at 150mph when 55 would have been fast enough. The frenetic pace will enrapture the small fries in the audience — they, after all, will like anything this fast and colourful — but director Wedge is always so determined to get to the next scene that he loses sight of his ragtag protagonists. They are all likable enough, but, save for the quick-witted Fender, are terminally forgettable and underdeveloped.

Halle Berry, as Rodney's sort-of love interest, Cappy, shares top-billing with Ewan McGregor for no determinable reason other than that she is a big name. Berry is barely there and her Cappy is not humanized enough to understand the character's objective. The team of low-modes are voiced by Amanda Bynes, Harland William, Drew Carey, and the invaluable Jennifer Coolidge. They are energetic enough in their performances, but stand around looking for something interesting to say that they never find. This is one case where an all-star cast in an animated picture is extraneous. The voices too often call attention to them and keep the viewer from believing in the robots as genuine characters. Only Robin Williams calls attention to himself for the right reasons, bringing a zany lovability and warmth to the indomitable Fender that only Williams could achieve.

“Robots" is entertaining, no doubt about it, a gorgeously computer-animated family film that will win over children and has enough slyly mature humour to bring favour to grown-ups. A thrilling sequence in which Rodney and Fender ride a public transportation contraption that catapults them through the air and over cliffs is a rollercoaster ride-like highlight. Ultimately, it is on the basic screenplay level where "Robots" suffers next to the superior heights of something like "Finding Nemo," "Shrek 2," or "The Incredibles;" those are modern animated classics that transcend the rapidly evolving animation format, meticulously developed and thought out and emotionally resonant. "Robots" is creakier, slighter, and more indifferent, as much in need of an oil change as its heroes. Until 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky match Pixar in the monopoly of computer animation, audiences will have to make do with ambitious but flawed productions like "Robots." It doesn't contain a whole lot to grasp onto and take away with you, but it's pleasurable and bright and inoffensive while it lasts. That's honestly not such a bad place to be at.

Blu-ray Video Quality – Cut straight from the digital source, Robots looks absolutely stunning with its 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation. For lack of a better term the image quality here is nearly flawless with really nothing to complain about. The colours remain vibrant, the video is crystal clear and aside from a few moments where it becomes soft the picture is very sharp. There is so much attention to detail in this robotic world that I found it a little daunting at first but it took my breath away. Compared to Ice Age this movie is not only designed better but it receives a better DVD transfer comparably.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – With two English audio options we get the best of both worlds with this release. Depending what you’re set up allows for and what you prefer there are 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks available here. Both sound absolutely remarkable and make some intelligent use of speaker set up although the DTS sounds a smidge better. The directional audio is great with the main sound effects and workings of the robotic world, music and dialogue pumping from all angles. The sound is ultra-crisp and cleans with no real noticeable distortion or flaws and is on par with the visual aspect of the disc.

Blu-ray Special features and Extras:

Audio Commentary by Blue Sky: Nine members of the Blue Sky animation team offer up their insights in this technically-minded free-for-all, exploring the particulars of lighting and animation.

The Voices of Robots [7:28] A promo documentary about the all-star voice acting team.

Music Video [4:08] An extremely dated-looking music video for a song by Sarah Connors. Yeah, I've never heard of her either.

Deleted Scenes [7:56] Three short deleted scenes with optional commentary.

Finally, Visually Robots is absolutely stunning and the film is remarkably detailed in every sense. The DVD is really no different with a fantastic digital transfer, some wonderful audio quality and a slew of quality extras. My only issues with this release have to do with the movie itself because it definitely has its flaws. The story may be rich with interesting characters and many funny situations but the simple fact is in this case the plot was second place next to the concept of the film. Children will enjoy it more than adults will thanks to some very immature humour and gaudy pop culture references. Even so this is a good watch for the whole family, but will not give you the emotional connection that something like a Pixar project would, but despite this I am really love this beautiful animation and I love all the characters, especially the mad cap Robin Williams, and the team that put this projector together, did a fine job and should be very proud of themselves and I am so lucky to add this to my Blu-ray Collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing little number for a quiet time after big lunch!, 10 Jan 2006
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Robot boy goes off to save the world and guess what? he manages it. Standard story line - some amusing scenes that older children +5 yrs and adults enjoyed. A little lost on my 3 year old.
Overall entertaining video but not one to buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids loved it!, 3 April 2013
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It is hard to find a DVD to please both my five year old son and my ten year old daughter as they are at different stages and with varying interests. But they loved this movie! Although I cannot say I sat through it myself (since they are engrossed I usually run off to do other stuff in the house) but it seems very nicely made, intelligent, cute! And the price on amazon was great. Would definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition, 10 Mar 2013
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Bought for grand children for when they visit. Was a big hit with all the family. Was fun trying to put names to the voices. Not too complicated for a 4 and 5 year old to follow but kept us all entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive & Re-Watchable, 22 Aug 2009
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I don't know why the film flopped, and why you can but it for 3 at HMV. The story is very inventive and at the core is about believing in yourself and your capabilities. It's fun, engaging for children and parents and we've found it to be very re-watchable. There's enough detail to find new things each time you re-watch it. The animation is technically excellent and has a great "metal" feel from rust to rivets.
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