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Robot Dreams

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Word-free animated friendship story brings laughs, tears.

Movie NR 2023 102 minutes
Robot Dreams Movie Poster: A cartoon dog and robot play in the ocean at a boardwalk amusement park

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Robot Dreams transcends language to create a wordless, emotional experience that sums up how friendship completes us. It reinforces a truth for many people: Life can be better if you share it with someone. This simple, sweet story demonstrates how a good friend can enhance your life. And how, when that someone isn't there, you can ache.

Dog and Robot's experiences may inspire viewers to fill in their own memories of wonderful times with friends who are no longer in their lives. For kids, losing a friend because of a move, a new school, or a change in activities can be pretty tough. Robot Dreams isn't necessarily the salve for that hurt, especially because Robot encounters some harsh realities while away from Dog. But the movie is an excellent, if emotional, companion piece for tweens or teens who finds themselves between friends, suggesting that hope is on the way.

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