A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Rating:Rated PG for some brief language and suggestive humor
Starring:Voices of: including Ewan McGregor, Greg Kinnear, Amanda Bynes, Mel Brooks, Drew Carrey, Robin Williams, Jennifer Coolridge and Terry Bradshaw. Oh yeah, that Oscar Winner Halle “Catwoman” Berry is also in the film.
Directed By:Chris Wedge
Everyone wants to try CGI now days. It’s just the way it goes. While Pixar leads the way, Fox and Dreamworks follow close on it’s tail, hoping for that one film to rise them ahead of their competitors. Fox has had some success with the Ice Age franchise, which has a sequel due out later this year. But this time Fox brings us Robots, the animated tale of misfit robots in a strange futuristic world.
Robots is the story of a robot named Stanley Copperbottom, a robot who loves to invent. Stanley makes a journey into Robot City to meet the great inventor of Robot Parts, Mr. Bigweld. Upon arriving at Robot City, Rodney finds that Bigweld’s days of ruling the robot world is over and now Bigweld industries is being run by Ratchet, an evil mama’s boy robot whose obsession with money. Ratchet and his mother form a plan that leads to scrapping all the old models of robots in order to scare them into buying his “robotic upgrades.” Rodney and some newfound friends decide to stand up to Ratchet, find Bigweld, who has been in hiding for years and restore order to Robot City.
This film is a great little flick for kids. It’s got lovable characters and a Disney like battle between someone truly good and someone truly evil. You quickly fall in love with the characters, even though one of them is a rather annoying Robin Williams Robot named Fender. Just like the real Robin Williams, Fender babbles endlessly about nothing, talks in circles and never gets anything accomplished once he gets wound up. And just like the real Robin Williams, his comedy gets old fast. None the less you still find yourself loving Fender even though he may be the most annoying creation since George Lucas introduced us to Jar Jar Binks. The flick recruited a cast of famous names to voice their characters, including Ewan McGregor, Greg Kinnear, Amanda Bynes, Mel Brooks, Drew Carrey, Robin Williams, Jennifer Coolridge and Terry Bradshaw. Oh yeah, that Oscar Winner Halle “Catwoman” Berry is also in the film. (I tried to forget that.) Each of the actors does a great job and provides some great voices to some unique looking robots.
The story line is simple, easy to follow and fun. It flows quickly from point to point and will entertain the young ones for a few hours. The problem with Robots is that it too quickly dismisses itself as being anything original when it tries to rely on fart jokes, toilet humor and sexual innuendoes for the adults right from the get go. When the film isn’t trying to be another “Shrek” it’s a lot of fun. When it starts trying to become an adult oriented flick as well, the film falters.
I’ll make this short and sweet. If you have a kid under the age of 8 go check out Robots. They will have a great time, and they will be mesmerized by the movie screen for an hour and half, giving you that long deserved break you need as a parent. But if you aren’t one of those parent types, save your buck on Robots. Pixar still leads the way in CGI animation, Fox is still trying to Tie Dreamworks for a distant Second Place.