Standing in the shadows of Pixar, the makers of "Ice Age" return with this tale of a small-town robot in the big city. Idealistic Rodney Copperbottom (McGregor) travels to Robot City to present his inventions to Bigweld (Brooks), the beloved president of Bigweld Industries. However, Ratchet (Kinnear) and Madame Gasket (Broadbent) have taken over the company and are forcing old robots to upgrade or perish. Rodney organizes a motley band of rejects, including Williams' predictably schticky Fender, to topple the heartless duo and the outcome is as predictable as it sounds. The CGI work is dazzling (the kitschy character design is the highlight), but the generic story and characters fail to inspire.
I hate this film. This is one of the worst I have seen. I saw it 6 years ago when it came out. It was bad then because of the technology/early cgi. If you work in a retail store and someone wants to buy "Robots," give it to them for free - they shouldn't have to pay for it! This is a big fat WOOF!!
Style Over Substance Sharkbait at 2009-03-06 20:44:40
It's obvious they started this movie with the visual ideas (as they state they did in the DVD extras). They came up with this world--which is absolutely, mind-bogglingly, beautifully rendered in the film--and then hung a paper-thin plot on it. The voice cast is pretty good (minus Halle Berry, who is just bland), but the visuals definitely stick with you longer than any of the story elements.