Five Great Movie Robots
From: Movie Mom
by Nell Minow
Did you know that the word “robot” was invented by Czech writer Karl Capek for a play produced in 1920 called R.U.R?
In honor of today’s release of “Pacific Rim,” take a look at some of the other great movie robots:
Fritz Lang’s classic dystopian tale (it inspired a memorable Apple commercial) is the story of a revolt against the 1%. It has been beautifully restored to included scenes originally cut by censors.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The first major studio sci-fi feature film was inspired in part by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The scientist played by Walter Pigeon has a sidekick, Robby the Robot.
This adorable animated film stars Ewan McGregor in a story of (literally) scrappy outsiders in an entire civilization of robots
The Iron Giant (1999)
This animated story about a boy who befriends a weaponized robot is a heartwarming gem, inspired by the work of poet Ted Hughes.
This love story between an analog trash-collecting robot with a fondness for “Hello Dolly” and a sleek digital robot designed to seek out signs of new life is one of Pixar’s best.
[editor note: Personally I think she missed some great ones like Johnny 5 from Short Circuit, All the Star Wars Droids, and the robots from Black Hole (Disney 1979 movie) just to name a few…..but I am sure everyone has an opinion on great movie robots….]