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Lavish CGI movie from the makers of Ice Age and illustrator William Joyce.

Ambitious young robot Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan McGregor) leaves his hometown for Robot City, hoping to show his inventions to his childhood hero Bigweld (Mel Brooks). To his dismay, Bigweld has been displaced by Ratchet, who is interested only in selling shiny upgrade parts to robots.

Rodney finds himself alone and broke in the big city. Luckily (or unluckily) for him, he falls in with motormouth and kleptomaniac Fender (voiced by Robin Williams), who introduces him to his little sister Piper and his misfit collection of friends: Lug, Crank Casey and Diesel (who needs a new voice chip and is The Unintelligible for most of the movie.).

Ratchet's factory stops producing spare parts, forcing robots to upgrade worn-out components. For bots like Fender and his friends who can't afford the upgrades, this means the scrapheap - a nightmare world beneath the city which just happens to be overseen by Ratchet's domineering mother.

Rodney, as The Hero, isn't just going to sit back and let this happen. With the help of Cappy, an employee of Ratchet's who's disgusted by the way things are going, he sets out to reinstate Bigweld and defeat Madame Gasket and her son.

The voice cast also includes Greg Kinnear, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, and Drew Carey.


This Film provides examples of:

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  Piper: Did I miss the butt bot-whoopin'?

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 Aunt Fanny: Well, hello there! What's your name?

Rodney: (mesmerized by her large derriere) I'm Rodney Bigbottom- No! I'm Rodney Copperbottom! Copperbottom.

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  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It should have been titled Getting Crap Past the Radar : The Movie.
    • What'd you expect when Robin Williams is part of the cast?
    • "You missed the delivery, but don't worry, making the baby is the fun part".
    • In one scene, Rodney asks, "Who wants to get fixed?" to a group of robots. A robotic dog then covers up its crotch while whimpering.
    • The hobo robot (Hobot?) towards the beginning has a sign that says "Got screwed". Not subtle. At all.
      • Well, he does have a screw-arrow-hat-thing.
    • When Bigweld comes back and is walking through Bigweld Industries, a robot walks out of the male restroom, then, upon seeing Bigweld, goes back into the bathroom, but goes in the female restroom. The sign for the male restroom has a plug and the sign for the female restroom has an outlet.
    • The British dub had Aunt Fanny's name shortened to "Fan" because of this.
    • "Honey? What's that extra piece?" "Oh yeah, they always put in an extra... We did want a boy, right?". Wow. Just wow...
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The sweepers.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Cappy and Rodney.
    • Only once, and offhand.
  • Heroic BSOD: Bigweld, of all people.
  • Innocent Innuendo: "Making the baby is the fun part!" Rodney's parents then proceed to assemble him from a kit.
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 Rodney's Dad: PUSH!

Rodney's Mom: Uggghh!

Cut to them having difficulty putting two pieces of the robot baby together

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 Fender: Aunt Faaaaaaannnnnny! We brought someone!

Rodney: Are you sure your aunt won't mind?

Fender: Relax, she's not my aunt. She just takes in bots who are...broke.

Rodney: Well then, why is she called Aunt Fanny?

Fender: *cuts to Aunt Fanny and her large backside* Couldn't call her "Aunt Booty"!

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  • Mechanical Lifeforms
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Madame Gasket, who wants to eliminate all outmodes, never mind the fact that she is one.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment
  • My Beloved Smother: Madame Gasket.
  • Never Heard That One Before: On the Bigweld Show Rodney watches in his childhood, Bigweld asks Tim the Gate Guard, "Who closed this gate? You know we never close this gate!" When Rodney meets Tim in real life, years later, he asks this same question- and gets cut off with an irritable "Yeah, yeah."
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-universe; On TV, Tim the Gate Guard is a cheerful-sounding puppet-like robot who guards Bigweld's main gate. The real Tim... not so much.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Bigweld fires Ratchet, Ratchet begs for mercy, claiming, "The lies I've told, the lives I've ruined!...Wait a minute, this isn't helping me!"
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Rusties.
  • Ridiculously-Human Robots: Like, for example, how they "grow up" exactly like humans (by getting larger), even if they have to use hand-me-down body pieces?
    • ...and for that matter, are there any robots with personalities who have the same appearance? Wouldn't you expect a lot of robots to, you know, be based on the same model?
      • That most likely would have been a result of the plan the Big Bad had laid out, though more as a side effect than the objective. If the thing had succeeded, that is.
      • Actually, if they're hand-built rather than mass produced, it is likely that most would be physically unique.
      • And you have to take into account that the Robots might start as packaged, "basic" models, and a life time of dents, scrapes, repaintings and modifications might result in a varied population.
  • Robo-Family: Since this is a world of robots, robots can have their own family units and even 'make' their own children.
  • Scenery Porn: With much Benevolent Architecture, like the tracks used at the very beginning.
  • This Is My Name on Foreign: Fender claims he was called 'Bumper' before he immigrated.
  • Urine Trouble: The fire hydrant is sentient and tells the robotic dog "Don't you dare!"
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Rodney
  • Wind Up Key
  • Zeerust: Invoked. Countless robots have distinctly retro designs.