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

Lavish CGI movie from the [[Creator/BlueSkyStudios makers]] of ''WesternAnimation/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 (Creator/GregKinnear) 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 Halle Berry, 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 for its ending 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!
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Ratchet [[spoiler:subdues Bigweld with the intercom, knocking the big guy out]] he orders his guards to [[spoiler: take him to the Chop Shop]] and to "put my name on his parking space."
* 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 came up through the air shaft out of concern for Ratchet [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents not liking it when other people see the two of them together.]] . When she moved away, Ratchet saw how she got into the room: She made a hole shaped exactly like herself through the back wall.
* BackToBackBadasses: Cappy and Piper gets cornered by Gasket's underlings, and defeats them by hooking their arms together and have Piper kicking away the enemies as Cappy spins around.
* BadassAdorable: Wonder Bot. Just look at his adorable version of ScreamingWarrior as he prepares to attack Madame Gasket.
* 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'?\\
'''Group''': Uh...no.\\
'''Crank''': In fact you're a bit early\\
'''Piper''' (accompanied by the outmodes Rodney fixed): Then let's get started!
* BoomerangBigot:
** Ratchet himself, that treats "outmode" robots as trash despite his mother not being the shiniest piece of metal around, god knows why his father is that way, and his mother explicitly says his shining parts were stolen and, considering what she does, much probably not in a non-violent way. It seems to be sincere though, since he keeps that speech even after is revealed to everyone who his mother is.
** Madame Gasket is a subversion. Ratchet's FantasticRacism agenda is only the first part of an implied plan to TakeOverTheWorld, with Ratchet as fašade for it, while Gasket rules from the shadows.
* BrickJoke: The dominos.
* 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.
* CallBack: To ''Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey''.
--->Bigweld (Dazed, and rolling down a gyroscope system while Rodney tries to fix him): DAISY, DAISY GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER- [[PercussiveMaintenance *THWACK*]]
* 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]].
* {{Cowboy}}: Diesel during the final battle.
* 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
* DeadpanSnarker: Many characters: Most notably [[MeaningfulName Crank]]. Helps that he's voiced by [[TheDrewCareyShow Drew Carey]]!
-->'''Crank''': Hey want my advice?\\
'''Rodney''': Sure.\\
'''Crank''': Forget it. "Never try, never fail" Those are the words I live by.
* DefectorFromDecadence:[[spoiler:Cappy]]. That isn't enough to change the mind of the other executives, though.
* 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.
* TheDragon: Ratchet to Madame Gasket.
* EasySexChange: Fender. Maybe. He is a robot to begin with, so it's hard to say. Anyway, other characters begin to use feminine pronouns after he accidently gains a skirt.
* 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.
** The filmmakers said he was actually based on WaltDisney. His TV show was specifically meant to emulate "TheWonderfulWorldOfDisney."
** 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.)
** When Bigweld is storming the Bigweld Industries, a robot, who just exited the bathroom, panics and accidently goes into the other door on the left, cue a girl's scream. The sign on the door for the ladies' bathroom is an electric socket, and the one for the gentlemen is a plug. Looks awfully reminiscent of something else entirely...
** Tim gets smacked by Fender and lands upside down on his hat. Since he's wearing a robe, it falls down to reveal his privates, cue an audience gasp and a woman fainting at the sight.
** Madame Gasket telling Ratchet to "grow some bolts".
** This gem from Fender:
-->'''Fender''': ''(to Rodney)'' Come on, you can bunk with me. We'll ignore the gossip.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The sweepers.
* GoodParents: It's very obvious that Rodney's parents raised him well, seen from how they treated him in his childhood.
** However it's also a bit gender-flipped; Lydia is a bit overprotective of Rodney while Herb is more laid back.
-->'''Lydia''': I'd told you I'd find him! It's a mother's instinct!\\
'''Herb''': What "instinct"? ''He left as a note:'' "I'm leaving. I'll be at the train station."
* GRatedSex: Robots are born from their parents building them with bought parts and spare parts, confirmed in how Rodney was born. Although, during that montage, they put in many, many GettingCrapPastTheRadar jokes. ("Making the baby is the fun part", "They always put in an extra piece. We wanted a boy, right?")
* 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.]] To be fair, she wasn't approving of Ratchet's plans from the start, and turns to the good side as soon as she finds a solid chance, so she's more of a HalfHeartedHenchman.
* 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.]]
-->'''Herb Copperbottom:''' PUSH!\\
'''Lydia Copperbottom:''' 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.
** Also Herb Copperbottom's boss Mr. Gunk who takes the Main/MeanBoss aspect to HUGE levels. He even gives this brutal insult to Rodney
-->'''Mr. Gunk''': "Inventor." YOU'RE THE HAND-ME-DOWN SON OF A DISHWASHER, '''AND THAT'S ALL YOU'LL ''EVER'' BE!'''
*** [[spoiler: at the end, Herb finally has had enough of Gunk quits his job by slamming his dishwasher apron on the rude boss' head. As he leaves, Gunk shouts YOU'LL NEVER WASH IN THIS TOWN AGAIN!" before getting hit by the doors that close on him]]
* 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.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Madame Gasket.
* LarynxDissonance: Jim Broadbent, playing [[BigBad Ratchet's mother]]. Fender even thinks she's a man!
* 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: Just like ''Cars'', the only reference to humans seems to be robot equivalents of them. Also, the biggest reference to a system of government seems to be a city.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: For The FinalBattle.
* 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]].
* NGOSuperpower: Bigweld Industries, that all but monopolizes what is basically healthcare on this world and controls the police.
* 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!
** Whatever happened to Ratchet's dad to end up like....[[BodyHorror that]].
* NotHelpingYourCase: When Bigweld fires Ratchet, Ratchet begs for mercy, claiming, "The lies I've told, the lives I've ruined!...[[LampshadeHanging This isn't helping me!"]]
* TheNotLoveInterest: Piper to Rodney, even if she has a PrecociousCrush on him. It's easy to think from the get-go that she's his LoveInterest, but it turns out to be Cappy later.
* OneWheeledWonder: Bigweld rides on one giant ball which makes up most of his body.
* PintSizedPowerHouse: Wonder Bot was able to turn their tables around by grabbing Madame Gasket's pipe and swing her away, and also carry Rodney while he was flying. Unfortunately, he wasn't strong enough to carry Bigweld.
* PluckyComicRelief: Fender.
* PrecociousCrush: Piper has one on Rodney. He either seems oblivious to it or he just brushes it off.
** Most likely He brushes it off. He seems a bit uncomfortable when she calls him "cute."
* 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.
* [[HumanResources Recycling]]: [[spoiler: The BigBad is melting down obsolete robots to make new stuff]].
* RetroactiveWish: This Gem
-->'''Rodney''': The Idol of millions is gone and no one seems to care! There should be an angry mob out there!
-->(''angry mob runs past the window'')
-->'''Fender''': Wow! That was great, psychic friend! Now say, "Money should be falling from the sky!" [{{Beat}}] Say it! [''sobbing''] ''Say it!''
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: They start out small and get larger until they reach adult size (albeit by [[JustifiedTrope replacing parts of themselves with larger parts]]), they have genders, and they can make armpit fart noises.
* 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 [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The Spear of Longinus]].
** How Wonder Bot defeats Madame Gasket looks like the infamous tail-spin attack from VideoGame/SuperMario64.
** The [[Literature/WizardOfOz Tin Man]] can be seen in the audience at the end. He even comments on something about his heart.
** Fender discovering in the chop shop discovering that the upgrades Ratchet sells are being made out of outmodes is similar to the scene in Film/SoylentGreen where thorn finds out the the soylent green crackers are being made of people.
** At the Robot City Train station, Rodney comes across a dancing mime-bot. As he leaves, a mechanical version of [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Sid]] is seen in the crowd. (This ''is'' Blue Sky Studios).
* [[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.
** One notable example is this gem from Crank
-->'''Crank''': Oh man. This is my third oil change today. Something's wrong with me!
* {{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.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: No, really, it is. [[spoiler: Our heroes test every other non-lethal option until it gets down to simply kill or be killed.]]
* 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''.\\
'''Crank''': Ouch.
* VillainousBreakdown: Ratchet loses it when Bigweld returns.
* VillainousCrush: Ratchet has one on Cappy.
* 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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