Lavish CGI movie from the makers of Ice Age and illustrator William Joyce.Ambitious young robot Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan McGregor) leaves his hometown for Robot City, hoping to show his inventions to his childhood hero Bigweld (Mel Brooks). To his dismay, Bigweld has been displaced by Corrupt Corporate Executive Ratchet note : no, not that one, or that one, either , 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 Robin Williams), who introduces him to his little sister Piper and his misfit collection of friends: Lug, Crank Casey, and Diesel (who needs a new voice chip and is The Unintelligible 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 The Hero, isn't just going to sit back and let this happen. With the help of Cappy, an employee of Ratchet's who's disgusted by the way things are going, he sets out to reinstate Bigweld and defeat Madame Gasket and her son.The voice cast also includes Greg Kinnear, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, and Drew Carey.
Back Blocking: 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.
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 Willy Wonka - instead of candy, he (logically) makes spare parts and upgrades.
Madame Gasket has a lot in common with Mrs. Lovett, right down to manner of death.
The hobo robot (Hobot?) towards the beginning has a sign that says "Got screwed" with 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 lodged through his head. 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 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 UK, where the word 'fanny' is a term for a woman's genitalia. (They did not get that particular piece of crap past the radar for its British release - see Meaningful Name below.)
Fender: Aunt Faaaaaaannnnnny! We brought someone! Rodney: Are you sure your aunt won't mind? Fender: Relax, she's not my aunt. She just takes in bots who are...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"!
Never Heard That One Before: 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."
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!
Nose Nabbing: 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.
Not Helping Your Case: 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!"
Stealth Hi/Bye: 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.
Stealth Pun: 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".
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.
Zerg Rush: The Outmodes all Zerg Rush the Chop Shop and engage in a pitched battle with the chopper bots. It quickly turns into a Curb-Stomp Battle, until the brand new Sweepers suddenly join the fight...