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THE MOVIE: Robots

THE STARS:
(voices of) Robin Williams • Ewan McGregor • Halle Berry • Mel Brooks • Amanda Bynes • Drew Carey • Greg Kinnear
DIRECTOR: Chris Wedge

Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) and Fender (Robin Williams) THE CONCEPT:
An inventor dreams of meeting his hero, master inventor Big Weld, to assist in making the world a better place, but when he arrives in Robot City he discovers that Big Weld’s business has been overtaken. Teaming up with a bunch of junkyard misfits, Rodney sets out to free Big Weld.

U.S. RELEASE: March 11 2005, Nationwide • Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

CHRIS WEDGE on casting the roles:
“What I learned on Ice Age is that you don’t always get what you think you’re going to get when you think, ‘That actor would be perfect for this character.’ You might get into the studio with them, and you’re listening to their voice thinking it’s kind of dull. They’re a great actor, but their voice isn’t what’s doing it, it’s their face and body. So you have to be careful, and we listen to voices from other movies and look at the pictures of the characters. And every once in a while you go, ‘That could work.’”

AMANDA BYNES:
“Before I started they had a rough image of what my character Piper was going to look like. They gave her green eyes because I have green eyes, and they saw how I moved, and they added that to Piper. They definitely wanted my voice. I said. ‘I can change my voice; I can try to do an accent.’ And they were like, ‘No, we want kids to know it’s you.’”

WEDGE:
“Robin does a stream-of-consciousness thing, and you can tell when he thinks it’s working and when he doesn’t. He was always incredibly conscientious about giving us what we needed for the scene. He would always read the pages first, and then he would go off into his own little orbit, but I know he was always thinking, ‘Okay, I think that’s stuff they can use.’”

ROBIN WILLIAMS:
“Basically, when [I’m in the studio], they say, ‘Okay, try this.’ And then we adjust it, knowing that this will be for kids, and you don’t want them going through puberty during the movie! I knew what Fender looked like, and the fact that he’s falling apart made it easy to play, and the fact that his parts are old, which I am, helps!”

DREW CAREY:
“I would like to buy a robot if it did cool things, and was actually smart, and would cook and get my drinks. I think the robot world they made for this movie was really cool looking. It was really well observed and I believe everything in the robot world, like the guy buffing his lawn.”

WILLIAMS:
“Doing voiceovers is the closest thing you can get to doing standup other than HBO, where you’re free. There are certain boundaries because it’s a kids movie, but now given the level of sophistication of children, even that’s been pushed.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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