Parents' Guide to

Robots 3D

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Short but fascinating look at humanoid robot innovations.

Movie NR 2015 39 minutes
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Robots 3D is a fascinating documentary that's just short enough to grip the attention of even younger elementary schoolers. That's thanks to Pegg's educational and entertaining narration, coupled with all the shots of robots and the scientists who work on them in labs across the country. Considering the popularity of animated movies like Big Hero 6 and WALL-E, it's easy to see the appeal of robots like Honda's ASIMO, dubbed the "world's most advanced humanoid robot," who can wow audiences with demonstrations of pouring into a cup, walking, kicking a ball, climbing, and even making arm gestures.

Of course, Robots 3D is overwhelmingly positive, opting not to delve into anything too complicated or ambiguous -- like the ethical implications of robots that can perform service tasks like humans. This is all about the awe-inspiring wonder of how even with (presumably) hundreds of millions of dollars and years of scientific research, humanoid robots still can't master everything that comes so easily to able-bodied humans. Although Robots 3D is short enough to keep younger viewers entertained, some of the commentary about the way our bodies work is best suited to middle and upper elementary-aged kids and older, as it may go over the head of the littlest robot fans.

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