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.
Director: Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge
Producer: Chris Wedge, Terry Davis, John Donkin and William Joyce
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Greg Kinnear, Mel Brooks, Drew Carey, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, Paul Giamatti, Natasha Lyonne, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Hedaya, James Jones, Jay Leno, Al Roker, Stephen Tobolowsky, Harland Williams, Lucille Bliss and Dylan Denton