Robots - Rusty

20th Century Fox
Duration: 91min
Category: family
Available: On DVD
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I challenge any of you who fueled Ice Age to huge grosses to reasonably argue that the film is anything more than bland, predictable Saturday morning fare. I can't imagine that Ice Age 2 will be much different, especially after the disastrous Robots which is produced by the same studio.

Robots is the perfect example of the downward trend in the quality of animation coming from the big studios of late. With Madagascar, Sharktale and Robots, animation fans are longing for the days of 2-D traditional animation.

Robots has a forgettable story, characters no one cares about, and the same, familiar messages you see in every cartoon aimed at families. I am having a hard time remembering the film as I write about it now; it's that unmemorable.

Most disappointingly, Robin Williams, who was the main selling feature in the ads for this film, is at his most annoying in his role as the (surprise!) wacky, brash robot. He has none of the original charm he displayed in Aladdin and all the trying tediousness he oozed in Patch Adams. This man was once funny and now he's reduced to this. It's tragic.

Sure the images are crisp and each scene is filled with more gizmos and gears than you can shake a stick at, but that's all just window dressing. Animation is not simply about filling the screen with amazing images. It's about telling stories in a manner impossible to live action. Unfortunately, there are many live action films that are as boring and meaningless as Robots.

I can't imagine even the simplest of children being entertained by Robots. Skip this and see one of this year's good animated films, Howl's Moving Castle, The Corpse Bride or The Incredibles.

Review By: Collin Smith

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