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->''"You can shine no matter what you're made of!"''

Lavish CGI movie from the [[Creator/BlueSkyStudios makers]] of ''IceAge'' and illustrator Creator/WilliamJoyce.

Ambitious young robot [[TheHero Rodney Copperbottom]] (voiced by EwanMcGregor) leaves his hometown for Robot City, hoping to show his inventions to his childhood hero [[BigGood Bigweld]] (Creator/MelBrooks). To his dismay, Bigweld has been displaced by CorruptCorporateExecutive Ratchet [[note]]: no, not [[RatchetAndClank that]] one, or [[{{Transformers}} that one]], either [[/note]], who is interested only in selling shiny upgrade parts to robots, leaving anybody who can't afford them to rust.

Rodney finds himself alone and broke in the big city. Luckily (or unluckily) for him, he falls in with motormouth and kleptomaniac Fender (voiced by RobinWilliams), who introduces him to his [[TagalongKid little sister Piper]] and his misfit collection of friends: [[TheBigGuy Lug]], [[SourSupporter Crank Casey]], and Diesel (who needs a new voice chip and is TheUnintelligible for most of the movie.).

Ratchet's factory stops producing spare parts, forcing robots to upgrade worn-out components. For bots like Fender and his friends who can't afford the upgrades, this means being recycled in the chop shop - a nightmare world beneath the city which just happens to be overseen by Ratchet's domineering mother.

Rodney, as TheHero, isn't just going to sit back and let this happen. With the help of [[ActionGirl Cappy]], an employee of Ratchet's who's disgusted by the way things are going, he sets out to reinstate Bigweld and defeat [[BigBad Madame Gasket]] and her son.

The voice cast also includes Greg Kinnear, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, and [[TheDrewCareyShow Drew Carey]].

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese dub uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0nqc5fDFSw "Mawaru Sora"]] written by Hitomi Yaida as its theme. The European theme is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zKIu2PFSHc "From Zero to Hero"]] by Sarah Connor. The United Kingdom release of the film uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Nil76lGEg "See Me"]] by Melanie Blatt.
* AndShowItToYou: During the repair montage, Rodney takes out a robot's heart, which is still beating and attached by a wire. Fender faints at the sight.
* ArcWords: [[BeYourself "You can shine no matter what you're made of."]]
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: Rodney and Bigweld need to take out a bunch of sweeper robots. Bigweld uses this trope, and Rodney delivers the punchline with a completely insane plan.
-->'''Bigweld:''' This isn't what I was thinking at all!
* ArtDeco: Everything in Robot City is based off this design.
* AssKicksYou: [[MeaningfulName Aunt Fanny]], particularly in the final battle in the Chop Shop.
* AWorldwidePunomenon: When the movie isn't tossing [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar outmodes past the radar]], it's throwing an ever-more-awful series of puns at the audience.
* BackBlocking: This was played for laughs when Madame Gasket busts into the room where Ratchet was having a massage. When he asked her how she got in, she says that she knows how turn up in places. When she moved away, Ratchet saw how she got through: She made a hole through the wall.
* BigBad: ''Not'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ratchet]], but his Mother.
** [[IncrediblyLamePun In more ways than one.]]
* BigGood: Bigweld.
* BigDamnHeroes
--> '''[[TagalongKid Piper]]:''' Did I miss the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar bot]]-whoopin'?
* BoomerangBigot: Ratchet's mother Madame Gasket, who wants to destroy all older "outmode" robots. While oblivious to the fact she is made of "outmode" parts.
** It's implied that she just wants their parts (mainly to smelt), and is playing on Ratchet's dislike of them for her own advantage.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Justified because they're robots, and their eyes have built-in flashlights. It only happens in one scene for about five seconds, though.
* ChainsawGood: No actual chainsaws ''per se'', but Madame Gasket's [[{{Mooks}} minions]] boast pretty impressive sawblade arms.
** Not to mention the giant (and apparently decorative) sawblade that Rodney and Bigweld use to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome knock over all the Super-Sweepers domino-style]], taking them out of the fight.
* ChekhovsGun: The Crosstown Express in Robot City plays a HUGE part after Rodney busts Bigweld out of the penthouse office and tries to get him away from Ratchet.
** Subtle, but Bigweld's domino fixation gives Rodney a really bright way to battle the Super-Sweepers (see above).
* CityOfAdventure: Robot City, in contrast to Rodney's hometown, [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere Rivet Town]].
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The bad robots tend to be chrome (or rust-coated...''things'') while the good ones tend to have chipped paint or a distinctly retro feel.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Fender ends up in a skirt and heels. Fender GenderBender?
** More like an EasySexChange.
** Also, at one point in his adolescence, [[TheHero Rodney's]] hand-me-downs are from his cousin ''[[NeverLiveItDown Veronica]]''. This part of his adolescence is mercifully skipped, and he's only shown wearing it in a single image.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[TheDragon Ratchet]]
* CranialProcessingUnit
* CraniumChase: Fender's head falls off because he's lost the bolt that keeps it in place. He tries to pick it up but keeps accidentally kicking it away.
* CreationSequence: See InnocentInnuendo.
* DancePartyEnding
* DieselPunk: Madame Gasket and the Chop Shop robots were designed to invoke this, rivets and all.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Again, see InnocentInnuendo.
* DoubleJump: The VideoGame has the Wonderbot Trampoline.
* EasySexChange: Fender
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Inverted: [[BigBad Madame Gasket]] is even ''more'' villainous than [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ratchet]], but she still cares about her son.
* {{Everything Is An iPod In The Future}}: Invoked with Ratchet and his upgraded bots. They're all shiny and smoothly round, not to mention colored bright pretty chrome. It helps give them a sense of style being placed over practicality. Robot City also looks like this, to drive home how much more advanced and well-built it is than other cities.
* {{Expy}}: Bigweld is essentially a mechanical [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]] - instead of candy, he (logically) makes spare parts and upgrades.
** Madame Gasket has a lot in common with [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet Mrs. Lovett]], [[spoiler: right down to manner of death]].
* {{Fartillery}}: Aunt Fanny has a cannon powerful enough to [[UpToEleven shake the earth]] and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny kill nearby bots]]. It was even lampshaded by Piper:
-->'''Piper:''' She's a little artsy-fartsy. The artsy is fine, but when she gets ''fartsy''...
* FreudianSlip: The whole movie is practically one LONG FreudianSlip.
-->'''[[MeaningfulName Aunt Fanny]]:''' Well, hello there! What's your name?
-->'''[[TheHero Rodney]]:''' (mesmerized by her large derriere) I'm Rodney Bigbottom- [[ThatCameOutWrong No!]] I'm Rodney Copperbottom! Copperbottom.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In one scene, [[TheHero Rodney]] asks, "Who wants to get fixed?" to a group of robots. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny A robotic dog then covers up its crotch while whimpering.]]
** The hobo robot [[IncrediblyLamePun (Hobot?)]] towards the beginning has a sign that says "[[IncrediblyLamePun Got screwed]]" with [[VisualPun a real screw]] representing the first five letters of the last word in that sign. The way they hid it from the radar isn't exactly G-rated either: the "screw" in his "got screwed" sign is a giant industrial screw ''[[TisOnlyABulletInTheBrain lodged through his head]]''. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a fake screw novelty headband.]]
** Bigweld himself seems to have a thing for oversized robotic rear ends, as he repeatedly comments in the presence of Aunt Fanny. No secret that they end up together at the end of the film!
** "Honey? What's that extra piece?" "Oh yeah, they always put in an extra... We did want a boy, right?". Wow. Just ''wow''...
** Even the ''Sweepers'' get into the act. The bumper sticker on one that Fender taunts reads "Like my driving? Call 1-855-Eat-Scrap." Yep, the Sweepers were just as [[SarcasmMode subtle as the rest of the movie.]]
** The beginning of the movie, while Rodney is being built, has this: "Oh, I'm sorry, honey, you missed the delivery...but that's okay. Making the baby is the best part." (Cue sexy instrumental.)
** Aunt Fanny's name, at least in the [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage UK]], where the word 'fanny' is a term for a [[CountryMatters woman's genitalia]]. (They did not get that particular piece of crap past the radar for its British release - see MeaningfulName below.)
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The sweepers.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: [[ActionGirl Cappy]] and [[TheHero Rodney]]. (Only once, and offhand.)
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Cappy, who rescues Rodney when he crashes the Bigweld Ball, and later fights for the Outmodes in the battle in the Chop Shop.]]
* HeldGaze: Rodney and Cappy find themselves staring into each other's eyes after Rodney lands on the table in Bigweld's office. This begins the growing attraction they have for each other.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: [[BigGood Bigweld]]]], of all people. Turns into a ''literal'' BSOD when [[spoiler:Ratchet, out of desperation, brains him with the intercom, knocking him out of action.]]
* {{Homage}}: "I'm ''singing'' in the oil..."
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Bigweld; Ratchet convinces him [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids that way doesn't work]] [[BastardUnderstudy so he can take over]].
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:Ratchet ends up being stripped of all his upgrades like his father.]]
* InnocentInnuendo: "''Making'' the baby is the fun part!" [[LiteralMetaphor Rodney's parents then assemble him from a kit.]]
-->'''Rodney's Dad:''' PUSH!\\
'''Rodney's Mom:''' Uggghh!\\
''Cut to them having difficulty putting two pieces of the robot baby together''
** Then again, considering the huge amount of things they got past the radar, it might not have been so unintentional...
* InsultBackfire
* IWasQuiteALooker: Aunt Fanny, referring to Cappy, wistfully muses that she once had a figure like hers. All the robots double-take at the revelation.
* {{Jerkass}}: Tim the Gate Guard.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Madame Gasket gets tossed into her own incinerator, parts flying out everywhere.]]
* KillThePoor: Madame Gasket is revealed to be melting down lower-class robots into products for her son's company to sell.
* LarynxDissonance: Jim Broadbent, playing [[BigBad Ratchet's mother]].
* MeaningfulName: Ample-reared Aunt Fanny (who became Aunt Fan in the UK, since 'fanny' in this country refers to a... nearby, yet [[CountryMatters different portion]] of the anatomy).
** Also {{Lampshaded}}:
--->'''[[TheLancer Fender]]:''' Aunt ''Faaaaaaannnnnny!'' We brought someone!\\
'''[[TheHero Rodney]]:''' Are you sure your aunt won't mind?\\
'''Fender:''' Relax, she's not my aunt. She just takes in bots who are...[[{{Pun}} broke]].\\
'''Rodney:''' Well then, why is she called Aunt Fanny?\\
'''Fender:''' *cuts to Aunt Fanny and her large backside* Couldn't call her "Aunt Booty"!
* MechanicalLifeforms
* MisanthropeSupreme: Madame Gasket, who wants to eliminate all outmodes, never mind the fact that she ''is'' one.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment
* MyBelovedSmother: [[BigBad Madame Gasket]].
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: On the Bigweld Show Rodney watches in his childhood, Bigweld asks Tim the Gate Guard, "Who closed this gate? You know we never close this gate!" When Rodney meets Tim in real life, years later, he asks this same question--and gets cut off with an irritable "Yeah, yeah."
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: In-universe; On TV, Tim the Gate Guard is a cheerful-sounding puppet-like robot who guards Bigweld's main gate. The real Tim... [[JerkAss not so much]].
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Fender'''(nonchalantly}: It (the expressway) used to be a ''lot'' worse. They used to have this ''giant'' hammer, that would...\\
'''Rodney''': ''(Yelps in panic, scrambles to climb out of way of something)''\\
'''Fender''' ''(Looks over shoulder, notices giant hammer barreling down on them, still nonchalant)'': Oh! Looks like they've brought it back!
* NoseNabbing: Rodney's dad does this when he's a newborn. In keeping with the robot jokes, the nose actually comes off and he hastily reattaches it.
* NotHelpingYourCase: When Bigweld fires Ratchet, Ratchet begs for mercy, claiming, "The lies I've told, the lives I've ruined!...Wait a minute, this isn't helping me!"
* OneWheeledWonder: Bigweld rides on one giant ball which makes up most of his body.
* PursueTheDreamJob: Rodney's father wants to be a musician. At the end of the movie, he gets his big chance. [[spoiler: Turns out he can't play.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Rusties.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Like, for example, how they "grow up" exactly like humans (by getting larger), even if they have to use hand-me-down body pieces?
** Not to mention that Rodney and the rest of the Rusties can inexplicably perform armpit farts despite not having any human skin or oil to create the necessary friction to make the sound.
*** This is pointed out by Fender saying it is a skill even though they are made of metal.
* RoboFamily: Since this is a world of robots, robots can have their own family units and even 'make' their own children.
* SceneryPorn: With much BenevolentArchitecture, like the tracks used at the very beginning.
* ScreenShake: You expect it during explosions and fight scenes. Then there's when Aunty Fanny causes it to happen.
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: In the UK 'fanny' is a name for a woman's [[CountryMatters lady bits]], making any mention of Fanny's fanny unintentionally hilarious.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Cappy's party outfit; the front is literally bolted to her shoulders.
* ShoutOut: To everything from ''StarWars'' to ''ASpaceOdyssey''.
** After upgrading for the final battle, Fender can be seen carrying [[NeonGenesisEvangelion The Spear of Longinus]]
* [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids Silly Robot, Idealism Is for Kids!]]: Tim the gate guard used to (at least on TV) help promote Bigweld's feel-good office tours, but when Rodney meets him, he makes his opinion of Rodney's idealism [[{{Jerkass}} brutally clear]].
* SitOnTheCamera: Aunt Fanny crushes Rodney with her you-know-what.
* StealthHiBye: Despite her appearance, Madame Gasket can slink in and out of places rather subtly. It gives Ratchet a heart attack every time she pulls this stunt on him. Doubly impressive is that she manages to silently tear her way through an air vent at one point.
* StealthPun: Fanny's immense rear end has a door and sounds like a lot of metal is inside. In other words, she has "junk in her trunk".
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Parodied:
-->'''Rodney's Dad:''' He has your mom's eyes, and my dad's nose. I knew we were smart to save those parts.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: Fender claims he was called 'Bumper' before he immigrated.
* ToiletHumor: Accounts for at least half the humor in the movie.
* {{Transsexual}}: When Rodney and Fender are trying to bluff their way into the Bigweld Charity Ball, Fender introduces Rodney as a Count, then tacks on "formerly Countess" at the end.
* UnplannedCrossdressing: While Fender was [[spoiler:trying to escape the chop shop]], his legs fell off. He tried carrying on without them until he found some legs that fit him. Said legs are female.
* UrineTrouble: The fire hydrant is sentient and tells the robotic dog "Don't you dare!"
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: During the finale.
-->'''Madame Gasket''' Who are these losers?\\
'''Fender''': We, sir-\\
'''Madame Gasket''' (completely deadpan): I'm a ''woman''.\\
'''Fender''': Ouch.
* VillainousBreakdown: Ratchet loses it when Bigweld returns.
* WideEyedIdealist: [[TheHero Rodney]]
** Lampshaded, and rather nastily, by Tim:
---> Man, when you pick a lost cause you REALLY commit! Where do they build dreamers like you? ''GET LOST, FREAK!!!''
* TheVoiceless: Diesel, and for some inexplicable reason, Fender in the short ''Aunt Fanny's Tour Of Booty!''
* WindUpKey
* YouWontFeelAThing: After Rodney is assembled, an extra piece is found.
-->'''Mr. Copperbottom''': [chuckles] We did want a boy, right? [He takes the piece and a hammer] This won't hurt a bit, son. [He hammers the piece in, Rodney cries]
* {{Zeerust}}: Invoked. Countless robots have distinctly retro designs.
* ZergRush: The Outmodes all ZergRush the Chop Shop and engage in a pitched battle with the chopper bots. It quickly turns into a CurbStompBattle, until the brand new Sweepers suddenly join the fight...
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