Rated PG 90 minutes 2005

In this child-friendly remake of 2003's inner-child fantasy Big Fish, Ewan McGregor retraces his steps as a dreamer escaping his dead-end small town for a life of adventure. He's Rodney Copperbottom, a young robot who fantasizes about becoming an inventor and working in gleaming Robot City alongside its fabled architect Bigweld, a roly-poly behemoth with the voice of Mel Brooks. Like most animated movies aimed at selling dolls to gimme-gimme kids and tickets to their begrudging adults, Robots stuffs its margins with more pop-culture references than an issue of Entertainment Weekly, but it doesn't rely on being current, which will ultimately render it as timeless as any great fable. At its heart is a big, beating heart -- a son who so loves his dad that he sets out to make something of himself by making spare parts for him. With its all-star cast, Robots is light enough for kids but dark enough for their parents -- a metaphor for homelessness that's movie enough to sell a little merch too.

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Director: Chris Wedge

Writer: Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel

Producer: William Joyce

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear, Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes, Drew Carey, Jim Broadbent, Jennifer Coolidge and Paul Giamatti

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