||[Mar. 12th, 2005|01:12 am]
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Okay, we get it. Traditional animation is out, CGI is in. And it's truly amazing what they can do with computer animation these days. But while Robots is a witty and clever movie, you do get a bit overwhelmed by a sense of "Wow! Look what we can do!" with the artwork, kind of like eating a meal cooked by an amateur chef who's just discovered garlic.
In other words, it's probably quite good, but it's hard to tell because it's buried under all that seasoning.
It's a clever movie, there's no doubt about that. It pays homage to a lot of movies, including Singing in the Rain, and it has elements of both The Hudsucker Proxy and Blade Runner mixed in. It's a little interesting that Robin Williams was cast as one of the robots, Fender; his voice was probably supposed to evoke the Genie in Aladdin, but the context can't help but remind one of The Bicentennial Man.
The music is pretty decent, too. There's a very well-placed song by Tom Waits, and also a new one by Fountains of Wayne.
I don't get why fart jokes needed to be added, but the rest of the audience seemed to think they were funny.
It's a clever movie, as I've said. The only problem is, it's a bit of a tin woodsman, desperately in need of a heart.