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Film information

Directed by

Chris Wedge
Carlos Saldanha (co-director)

Produced by

William Joyce
John C. Donkin
Jerry Davis
Chris Meledandri (Executive Producer)
Bob Gordon (Co-Producer)
Hans Bauer (Associate Producer)

Written by

Babaloo Mendel

Music by

John Powell


Renato Falcao

Editing by

John Carnochan


Blue Sky Studios

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)

March 11, 2005

Running time

91 Minutes




$75 million

Gross Revenue


Preceded by

Ice Age (2002)

Followed by

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Robots (also known as Robots: The Movie) is the second feature-length computer animated movie by 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios released in 2005 same year behind Ice Age. The story is about a robot called Rodney Copperbottom who travels to Robot City in seek of his dream job as an inventor at Bigweld's company. The DVD features a short called Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty. It stars Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Halle BerryMel Brooks and Jim Broadbent as the film's five main characters. Greg KinnearDan HedayaPaul Giamatti, Amanda BynesDrew Carey, Jennifer Coolidge and Harland Williams play supporting roles. Robots was a success, earning $260,718,330 at the box office worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing animated film of 2005.


The film opens in a world of anthropomorphic robots, with Herb Copperbottom (Stanley Tucci), a dishwasher at Gunk's Greasy Spoon diner, racing through the streets of Rivet Town, elated that he is going to be a father. He and his wife, Lydia Copperbottom (Dianne Wiest), after 12 hours of "labor," finally manage to construct the baby. He is named Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor), and he becomes a young inventor who dreams of making the world a better place for everyone. rivet town parade Rodney idolizes Bigweld, a master inventor and owner of Bigweld Industries. “You Can Shine No Matter What You’re Made Of” “See a Need, Fill a Need” During Rodney's adolescence, he invents a gadget, "Wonderbot", intended to help his father clean the dishes at the restaurant. Unfortunately this went down the drain When Herb's grumpy boss, Mr. Gunk (Dan Hedaya), unexpectedly confronts them, Wonderbot breaks dishes, causing Herb and Rodney to got into debt and to be fired. The argument Mr. Gunk was angry he was so angry, had Rodney and father in fired restaurant. With Rodney decides to take his invention to Robot City to see Bigweld and get a job as an inventor so that he can help his family. Rodney was upset, Decided to leave go to Meet Bigweld. train station Rodney's arguments angry go to the Robot City He is encouraged by his father, Rodney Leaves who confides that he has always regretted not becoming a musician. Rodney arrives in Robot City and meets Fender (Robin Williams), an old ramshackle robot scraping by through taking souvenir photos and selling maps to the stars' homes. After a harrowing ride on the crosstown express, Rodney and Fender's pod wild ride Rodney arrives at the gate of Bigweld Industries. Tim The Gate Guard

There he learns that Phineas T. Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) has Ratchet was angry taken over Bigweld Industries Cappy was angry and is about to discontinue the “Eye Of The Tiger” Theme Song manufacture of spare parts. “Why Be You When You Can Be New?” Ratchet and Cappy believes the company Cappy's boss Ratchet was angrily can make more profit if it Cappy was mad Ratchet's evil plans stops making spare parts ratchet hates rodney for older robots and focuses on Rodney was angrily selling more expensive upgrades. Ratchet kicked them Wonderbot into the window If any older robots protest they are sent to the Ratchet's security guards Bigweld Industries Rodney gets stuck into the magnetized underground Chop Shop, where they are shredded and melted down to upgrades by Ratchet's imposing mother, Madame Gasket (Jim Broadbent). Rodney is thrown out and finds a place to stay, with Fender Takes Rodney's foot!, Rodney gives the Foot Fender's slips floor balls, Fender's head flew off Rodney gets angry gives the foot at Jack Hammer's Shop At Aunt Fanny's (Jennifer Coolidge) boarding house, along with an assortment of other "The Rusties", Piper Pinwheeler, Lug, Crank Clank, Diesel Springer, Aunt Fanny, Jack Hammer older robots threatened with the Chop Shop. When the news gets out that spare parts have been discontinued by Bigweld industries, Rodney remembers Bigweld's slogan, "See a need, fill a need", and begins fixing old robots on his own. Upon learning of this financial threat, Gasket orders Ratchet to stop Rodney's work and kill Bigweld. Crank Clank (Drew Carey) Lug (Harland Williams) Piper Pinwheeler (Amanda Bynes)

Rodney finds that Herb has fallen ill, and can not find replacement parts. Rodney decides to try to contact Bigweld directly, so he can beg him to make spare parts again. Wonderbot reminds him that the annual Bigweld Ball takes place that night. Rodney and Fender go to the ball in disguise, only to hear Ratchet announce that Bigweld was unable to attend. Rodney’s new girlfriend bigweld ball Rodney tries to confronts Ratchet, by telling him that he spend days fixing outmoded. but is stopped by security guards. He is saved by Cappy (Halle Berry), a beautiful robot-executive of the company who dislikes Ratchet's scheme, Rodney was angry and together with Fender and his new girlfriend, Loretta Geargrinder (Natasha Lyonne), they escape from the ball dance party conga line. Into The Train Station Ratchet gets mad Bigweld Industries Rodney and cappy's argument

Fender walks Loretta home, but while he is singing his own version of "Singing in the Rain", he is kidnapped and taken to the Chop Shop. He struggles to escape, but he lose his lower half and eventually escapes by reluctantly attaching a new pair of female legs. Meanwhile, Rodney and Cappy fly to Bigweld's home. When Rodney inadvertently knocks over a domino, Bigweld (Mel Brooks) appears. Rodney tries to convince Bigweld to return to the helm of his company and once again make spare parts available, Rodney and Bigweld's argument but Bigweld refuses he convinced Rodney arguing with Bigweld, Rodney to give up he explained that the world has moved on and that ratchet had took over bigweld industries. the arguments feeling depressed Rodney calls his parents, Bigweld gets angry intending to give up his ambition of becoming an inventor and return to Rivet Town, but his father once again encourages Rodney to pursue his dreams. Rodney rallies the Rusties into fighting back against Ratchet. Fender reveals that Gasket has built a fleet of super-sweepers with the intention of rounding up and destroying all older robots. Bigweld eventually decides to come with the group, having realized what he meant to Rodney.

The group heads for Bigweld Industries, where Bigweld fires Ratchet. Ratchet manages to beat Bigweld senseless, Ratchet's security guards but Rodney and Bigweld flee. escape from bigweld industries into the crosstown express, magnet truck chase Bigweld is repaired just as they enter the Chop Shop, but is captured. A desperate battle ensues between Ratchet's employees and Rodney's repaired robots. During the chaos, Bigweld is rescued by Rodney, the choppers and sweepers are destroyed, and Wonderbot kills Gasket by throwing her into the melter, while Ratchet is hanged up with his father and loses his upgrades in the process. Bigweld goes to Rivet Town to tell Mr. Gunk has angry With Herb's dishwashers dishes Rodney's parents that their son is now his right-hand inventor and eventual successor. Rodney makes his father's dream come true by giving him a three-bell trumpet, playing by sheer improvision that prompts the others to help add other musical tunes; Fender finds the new music to be a mix of Jazz and Funk - "Junk". The audience dances to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing" as a victory celebration.

Voice cast




  • Robots was the last animated film by from 20th Century Fox to be released on VHS, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown and other movies were only released on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to begin with opening credits.
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios' non-sequel/prequel film.
  • This is the first (so far), and only Blue Sky Studios film to not be based on a book or become a franchise until Spies in Disguise come out 14 years later.
  • Robots is the first Blue Sky Studios film to have non-humans cast, followed by Horton Hears a Who!.
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to be released in IMAX.
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to end with a blooper reel, followed by Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to have music by John Powell.
  • This is first Blue Sky Studios film to have the "Twentieth Century Fox Animation Presents" credit.
  • This is Blue Sky Studios' second feature film.

Cultural references

Music used

  • Gomez - Silence
  • Ricky Fante - Shine
  • Chingy - Right Thurr
  • Survivor - Eye of The Tiger
  • Tom Waits - Underground
  • Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man
  • Houston, Chingy, Nate Dogg, and I-20 - I Like That
  • Stacie Orrico - (There's Gotta Be) More to Life
  • Fountains of Wayne - Tell Me What You Already Did
  • The Hit Crew - Gonna Make You Sweat
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Love's Dance
  • War - Low Rider
  • Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
  • Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
  • James Brown - Get Up Offa That Thing

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