Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 11, 2005 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
The makers of Ice Age have created a wonderful world made up of used parts and welded bits of metal.
Young Rodney Copperbottom, voice by Ewan McGregor, wants to go to the big city to show of his inventions. He and his dad (Stanley Tucci) have invented a robot that does kitchen chores and he hopes to impress businessman, Big Weld (Mel Brooks) with it.
Rodney arrives at Big Weld’s impressive company, where he meets the evil Phineas T. Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), who runs things and his mother Madame Gasket (Jim Broadbent) who runs Phineas. The two have taken over in Big Weld’s absence and have stopped spare parts production so the robots will have to come to them for their upgrades.
These computer animated robots are unlike any you could imagine. They’re not sleek and shiny, but disjointed and tarnished. Most of them look like bits and pieces of nuts and bolts were slapped together in a slip shod manner in someone’s dirty basement. They may not be perfect, but they’re perfectly delightful.
Each one has their own look and personality. Robin Williams is a lot of fun as Rodney’s friend Fender, Halle Berry voices a sexy Campy and Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) voices Aunt Fanny, who sports an enormous rear end.
Robots written by veterans Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, is filled with comic flair. There are terrific sight gags and a wonderful message that should appeal to adults and action scenes, like a madcap train ride, and silly characters that will keep the kiddies glued to their seats.