Parents' Guide to

Robots

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Endearing "follow your dreams" story with plenty of laughs.

Movie PG 2005 90 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 5+

The animation is intricate, complex and colorful!

This film reminded me of how much we all miss Robin Williams. His accents, his buffoonery and his capacity for play feels unsurpassed and is sorely missing in the world. This film is a gentle reminder of just how funny he was. The animation is lovely, intricate, complex and colorful. The story does not feel original however it is still an interesting journey with a multitude of colorful and numerous supporting characters. New kid, big city, dreams...hijinks ensue. The film feels a bit outdated in its adherence to gender performances, but ultimately leaves its audience with a strong desire to see the film to the end and root for the underdogs fighting an all consuming corporation and obsolescence.
age 2+

I have been watching this movie ever since it came out in 2005 and I must say it is gorgeous, the animation, the character development, the story. To call it a masterpiece would be quite the understatement honestly, there are a few certain innuendos but if children are watching it's not like they are gonna understand what they're meaning. this is a movie that I will always enjoy watching with friends and family and Blue Sky has shown that they know how to pull the strings together in perfect harmony. Thank you Blue Sky for the best hour-and-a-half I ever spent (definitely more than that). -FRANKDUDEMAN8008

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (38 ):

Just like its endearing hero Rodney, this movie is assembled from hand-me-down parts (like its classic underdog story), but it has tons of heart. This helps transform it into something irresistibly fresh and downright adorable. Robots is brilliantly imagined by illustrator William Joyce, and every single shot is filled with fabulously imaginative detail, every bit of it adorably witty, wonderfully fantastic, and perfectly logical.

The movie has excitement, snappy wisecracks, and music that will make you want to get up and dance. As often in animation, the actors provide pleasant but not very distinctive voices and the comedians steal the show. Robin Williams, Brooks, and Jennifer Coolidge are the highlights. But the star here is the design, as much a part of the story as the plot and the characters. It all comes together in a story that works on every level, with something for every age, with silly humor, clever puns, sly satire, endearing characters, and, rarest of all, a story that is not just heartwarming but meaningful.

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