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Jennifer Coolidge returns as the voice of Aunt Fanny in a mildly amusing new short, "Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty," which allows her to again be the butt of the joke. Fans of the characters will enjoy both a 17-minute discussion of the robots' creation as well as profiles of 11 of the bots, including early, almost unrecognizable conceptual sketches and brief interviews with the voice cast. The original short is fairly dull, and of the three deleted scenes, the most finished is an extended version of Rodney's initial meeting with Tim at the gate. One other is in sketch form only but does preserve another performance by Robin Williams. The kids' games are pretty good. There's a dancing robot that will perform eight routines on command or in random order. A memory game has a bit of replay value, and the build-a-bot segment takes some thought and investigation. The Xbox demo is a nifty little diversion that transforms one element (the transport-pod race) of the full-length, single-player Xbox game into a frenetic one- to four-player free-for-all.
In their commentary track, director Chris Wedge and producer-inspiration William Joyce have to remind each other to stop patting themselves on the back, but it is interesting to hear them talk about old games such as Mousetrap that played a part in developing the film. (Wedge's frequent references to a possible "director's cut" might not seem like a joke to DVD buyers who have gotten tired of DVD rereleases.) The commentary track by the Blue Sky technical team might be better, offering insights into the characters and the creation of the film without lapsing into too much techie-speak. --David Horiuchi
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Yes, there may be some humor for older kids and plenty of fart jokes, but life goes on.
It's good enough that adults don't have to leave the room.
"3 scatological terms (3 mild references to flatulence and feces), 4 mild anatomical terms (keester, butt, tuchus), 1 implied anatomical term, a robot says "Grow some bolts," 3 mild obscenities (screwed, heck, dang), insults and name-calling (idiot, stupid, moron)."
Visually, "Robots" is stunning, both in the look of the world and the creativity of its inner workings. The colors are vivid and the setup is ripe with potential for visual gags. The first half hour of the film is especially entertaining, beginning with Rodney's "delivery" as a baby. In the robot world, babies are delivered in boxes and are put together like children's toys at Christmas.
The characters, led by an all-star cast of distinctive voices, are fun too, especially Broadbent's deliciously evil Madame Gasket and Williams's high-energy Fender, though I thought Williams could have been given more screen time and more freedom to improvise.
The film's only weak spot, if you can call it that, is in its overzealousness to please. At times, there are so many visual elements, action sequences and gags going on at once, it feels as though we have no time to breathe. But, I applaud the creators for their passion for the project. I'd much rather see a studio go too far with its enthusiasm than not far enough. The film's storyline, too, could have been a bit more complex, but kids will love it, and parents will appreciate the complexity of the visual world in exchange for what it might be lacking in story. Overall, this film is a joy to watch, primarily because its cup runneth over with creativity and delight.Read more ›
The humor can be argued to be more adult-oriented, but still with proper supervision, I totally see it being fit for children. The fact that our 18-month old was jumping out of his seat halfway through the movie is more the result of him being hyper than the movie not being fit for children. Now I admit this is no "Finding Nemo" (which keeps him entertained all through it, time and again). So, bottom line, while not as good as or innovative as "Ice Age" and without a very powerful storyline and groundbreaking animation as "Nemo" got us used to, "Robots" is still a funny movie worth checking out.
A young robot named Rodny Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor), dreams of meeting Bigweld (Mel Brooks), a very populor inventor in the robot world, and representnig his own invention to him.
But when rodny gets kicked out of Bigwelds place, because he is outdated, Rodny finds himself with street robots that are outdated to, and whose parts aren't sold anymore. these robots are my favorite charichters in the movie, because they are so colerful, when they have upon them Fender (Robin Williams), a robot that is literally falling apart, and helps Rodny on his way to find Bigweld when he mysteriously disapperes. and of course a moviel like this (or any movie, anyway) wouldn't be right without it's villians, Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), a sleek uptadetd Robot that is determined to make sure Bigweld stays well out of his way so that he can take over his factory, and Maddam Gasket (Jim Broadbent)Ratchets evil mother who will do anything to get herself and her son in to power.
i saw this movie at the theater and i pre orded this item, the second i heard it was available, and if your convinced by the good reviews i advise you to buy this movie, i hope you enjoy the movie as much as i did, it sure gave me some laughs.
PS. the soundtrack for this movie is great to, its available on itunes if you have an ipod.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my great granddaughter and she was not as interested in it as I thought she might be. Nothing against the movie just she might be too young for it she is 4.Published 1 day ago by Trucklady
The late great Robin Williams really carries this film. The animation is fun and creative, if a bit outlandish at times. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Harmomelodic
So happy I was able to find this movie on Amazon! My son got this movie as a hand me down a few years ago and it was very scratched and would not play anymore so I went on Amazon... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Carisa
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