Tobor the Great
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This is one of the best Robot movies for kids from the 1950s, though not quite as entertaining as the Disney movie The Invisible Boy, which featured Robby The Robot from Forbidden Planet. The name Tobor was used again for a robot in a more recent movie - Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
The cast includes some of the most familiar and prolific B-move character actors including Robert Shayne, who portrayed Inspector Henderson on the Superman TV series; William Schallert, best known as Patty Duke's dad on The Patty Duke Show, with 300 film & TV credits - and still appearing in films today, like Sweetzer (2006); and Lyle Talbot, who appeared in everything from The Clyde Mystery (1931) to Newhart, including Plan Nine From Outer Space, Batman and Robin, and 42nd Street.
Tobor wasn't limited to this movie!
Apparently, years later Guild Films made a TV pilot featuring Tobor (and a kid named Tommy). The series was to be called: "Here Comes Tobor", and the pilot was called: "Tobor and the Atomic Submarine". There are many citations about this TV show on the Internet, even Amazon, so check it out if you are a Tobor fan!
Movie: Tobor the Great Review
When I was 8 years old, I saw "Tobor the Great" at summer camp. To my 8 year old mind in the 1950's, the idea of robots was the most exciting thing I could imagine. So I was thrilled with "Tobor the Great", seeing it as a child did in those days, days in which we had dial telephones, B&W small screen TVs, comic books, and "Leave it to Beaver" attitudes.
Tobor looked magnificent!
It is probably hard for anyone in the 21st Century to look at this film with such eyes, so much has been developed since this movie came out. It is important to remember that the iconic "Robby the Robot" of "Forbidden Planet" would not appear for several years, and when he did, the budget was much higher!
For its time, and especially for its budget and studio, "Tobor the Great" was actually groundbreaking on a number of levels, visual style, and characterization. This is what to look for in the film. When looked at in comparison with other films of the time put out by Republic, it is possible to understand this.
And this is why I recommend this film -- to see a change in approach to sci-fi that had only once before been attempted, in "The Day The Earth Stood Still.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poor reproduction, sound track is off, can only be played on my computer. Dubbed in Italian. Unfortunately not worth returning with it being from over seas.Published 6 months ago by Larry M.
This is the classic "hard-sci-fi" robot movie, b/w. Do not be misled by the dumb graphics, the robot in this one does not abduct a young lady. Read morePublished 8 months ago by EngineerDave
All kids like robots.
The box that I received looks different than what is depicted here on Amazon. It looks like I received the Italian version. Read more
Is just about my all-time favorite of the Sci-Fi genre of the 1950's, so I didn't mind paying a little more for a previously viewed DVD. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cagey Buyer
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