Release Date: March 11, 2005

These special effects aren't very special.

On the Big Board
Position Staff In Brief
14/16 Reagen Sulewski Eyepopping visuals, but without Robin Williams, this would be a horror show.
80/85 Kim Hollis It looks like it should be good. But it's not. In fact, it's quite dull and bereft of story.
138/166 David Mumpower The animation company has since apologized for the weakness of the script. Commenting further would be rudely kicking them after they've already turtled.

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Robots is a CGI-animated film from the same studio and director who brought you Ice Age. Set in a world populated by the eponymous machines, the story follows a young genius robot who wants to improve his kind so they will be capable of making the world a better place. Of course, he is opposed by forces who wish to maintain the status quo for their own selfish reasons, and who place the expected obstacles in the young robot's path. There'll be romance and comic relief, and, one expects, good will ultimately triumph over evil and those who have a talent for it will live happily ever after.

The voice cast is certainly an eclectic one, and should draw a varied audience to the film. The casting of Ewan McGregor as the lead robot should also guarantee at fair amount of moviegoers who might not ordinarily check out an animated film will at least give this one serious consideration. With 20th reportedly planning a platformed release and marketing push similar to its highly-successful campaign for Ice Age, Robots stands a decent chance at making a nice little bundle in the early spring of 2005. (Stephanie Star Smith/BOP)

Vital statistics for Robots
Main Cast Ewan MacGregor, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Jim Broadbent, Drew Carey
Supporting Cast Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Giamatti, Dan Hedaya, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Stanley Tucci, Sofia Vergara, Dianne Wiest, Harland Williams
Director Chris Wedge
Screenwriter Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site
Awards Awards page for Robots
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Robots
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Monsters, Inc. 11/2/0163.48 67.75 3237 19611.00 20131.6 255.87 273.09 4.03
Toy Story 2 11/24/9957.39 68.39 3236 17735.00 20248.6 245.82 292.94 3.05
Ice Age 3/15/0246.30 48.13 3316 13966.00 13966.0 176.39 183.39 3.81
Shrek 5/18/0142.35 45.20 3587 11805.00 12118.4 267.65 285.66 6.32
Bug's Life, A 11/25/9832.83 42.20 2686 12223.00 15115.9 162.79 209.29 3.56
Toy Story 11/24/9529.14 40.39 2457 11860.00 15813.3 191.78 265.84 4.90



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