Film: Robots

Opened: March 11, 2005

Directed by: Chris Wedge

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Greg Kinnear, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes, Drew Carey, Jennifer Coolidge, Harland Williams, Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, Chris Wedge, Natasha Lyonne, Paul Giamatti, Dan Hedaya, Brian Scott McFadden, Jay Leno, Lucille Bliss, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Al Roker, Stephen Tobolowsky, Tim Nordquist, Lowell Ganz & James Earl Jones

While bringing a lot of fun to the table, Robots is not an animated movie that’s overly memorable, even when putting it against non-Disney ones.

Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) dreams of doing something big with his life and goes to Robot City to meet his inventor idol Bigweld (Mel Brooks). When Rodney realizes that Bigweld is missing and the arrogant Phineas T. Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) has taken over Bigweld Industries, Rodney recruits his rag-tag group of friends to take him down.

The story isn’t original by any means, but the animation is entertaining. There’s multiple times when watching that you’ll think what a cool theme-park ride could be made out of different scenes.

Without Robin Williams bringing his trademark voices to Fender, the film would lose much of its comedy.

Final say: A bit rusty, but shines at times. ★★★☆☆

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