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Robots

Year: 2005
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Chris Wedge/Carlos Saldanha
Writer: Lowell Ganz/Babaloo Mandel
Cast: Ewan MacGregor, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Jim Broadbent, Jennifer Coolidge, Halle Berry, Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamati, Dan Hedaya, Drew Carey, James Earl Jones, Greg Kinnear, Natasha Lyonne, Stephen Tobolowsky, Stanley Tucci, Paula Abdul
A competent and funny addition to the ongoing battle between Fox, Dreamworks and Pixar for eyeballs of the young and young at heart, and a further concreting of a virtual genre in itself; the computer animated, single-word pitch comedies that are well written, brilliantly animated and appeal to the whole family.

In an alternative universe peopled with robots who try to live out their lives, Rodney (McGregor) dreams of making it to the big city and being an inventor for the corporate behemoth that oversees all innovation in the robot world.

When he realises it's been taken over by a slick shyster (Kinnear) who wants to do away with the program of spare parts that underpins robot society and force people to take on shiny new components, the battle is on.

Partly a dig at the fashion/youth/beauty industry, plenty of opportunity is taken for in-jokes about robotics (when Rodney's father runs home in time for the delivery of his baby, he finds himself too early, to which his wife shows him the box of parts that will comprise their son, saying 'the fun part is making a baby') and that's where much of the humour lies.

Otherwise it's the same tired premise of following your dreams that every kids movie is about, and for some reason the whole thing, despite running for almost two hours) feels noticeably shorter than it is.

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