Acclaimed director Chris Wedge, who created the Academy Award® winning short film “Bunny” and the worldwide box-office smash ICE AGE™, now brings his innovative filmmaking magic to ROBOTS™, taking the computer generated animated film genre to an exciting new level. For the first time ever, an animated feature presents a totally imagined world – a wondrously clanky universe populated solely by mechanical beings.
And never has a cast of this caliber, encompassing five Oscar winners, as well as Emmy and Tony honorees, been brought together for an animated feature. Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear, Mel Brooks, Drew Carey, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes, and Robin Williams voice the principal roles. Also taking on key parts are Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Giamatti and Dianne Wiest. ROBOTS marks Robin Williams’ return to feature film animation, following his role in 1992’s “Aladdin.” In addition, ROBOTS is Mel Brooks’ debut voicing effort in an animated feature. Special “cameo” voices include Jay Leno, Dan Hedaya, James Earl Jones, “Today’s” Al Roker, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Terry Bradshaw.
In the film you’ll meet memorable bots Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor), a young genius inventor who dreams of helping robots everywhere; Cappy (Halle Berry), a beautiful, dynamic and savvy bot with whom Rodney is instantly smitten; the nefarious corporate tyrant Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) who locks horns with Rodney; Bigweld (Mel Brooks), a master inventor who has lost his way; and a group of misfit ‘bots known as the Rusties, led by Fender (Robin Williams) and Piper Pinwheeler (Amanda Bynes). Fender’s head, arms, and legs routinely fall off at the most inopportune moments. As Rodney fulfills Fender’s ongoing need for repairs, the two become fast friends. Piper is Fender’s tomboy kid sister, who surprises everyone with her determination and strength. The result is a timeless, comedic tale that pushes the boundaries of animation while introducing characters rich with physical humor and soul, and a heart-warming story that proves that a robot can shine no matter what he or she is made of.