- Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Tim always a Jerkass Nice Character, Mean Actor, or was he was he originally a decent and friendly guy who Took a Level in Jerkass after working under the corrupt and uncaring Ratchet for a long time?
- Awesome Music:
- Tom Waits' "Underground" for when we first see the Chop Shop, which sadly wasn't included on the soundtrack album.
- Herb Copperbottom's robotic rendition of "Get Up Offa That Thing". Especially the part where Diesel is given - by Bigweld himself - a custom part that gives him James Brown's voice.
- John Powell's percussion-and-brass-heavy score (accompanied by none other than Blue Man Group).
- Base-Breaking Character: To many people, Fender is either the best and funniest character in the movie, backed up by his performance by Robin Williams, a funny enough character who simply gets more screentime than necessary, or the most annoying character in the movie.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
- Domino surfing! Though it did allow Bigweld to make an entrance worthy of Willy Wonka himself.
- In the climatic battle, Fender defeats all the remaining minions while dancing to "Baby One More Time". A rare case of this trope being weaponized.
- Cliché Storm: One of the main criticisms from the movie's detractors.
- Crazy Awesome: Fender. Anyone who can weaponize a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment certainly qualifies for this trope.
- Crosses the Line Twice: A character in an animated kids' movie farting is one thing. A character in an animated kids' movie making a fart so bad it kills someone (complete with a Chalk Outline on the sidewalk the next morning) is on another level entirely.
- Cult Classic: To date, this is Blue Sky's only film not to be part of a franchise or an adaptation, and tends to get swept under the rug, but it has a strong enough audience of nostalgic fans who keep its memory alive.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- A crew consisting largely of robots, a character named Ratchet, the protagonist walking around with a wrench, the work having loads of Getting Crap Past the Radar, and references to Britney Spears. Hmm...sounds familiar?
- The fact that Bigweld was modeled after Walt Disney got a whole lot funnier when it was announced that Disney was purchasing 20th Century Fox (and therefore Blue Sky) in 2017 and finalized in March of 2019. The fact that Bigweld is played by Mel Brooks, who famously made a parody of one of Disney's big name acquisitions in the deal, make it that much funnier.
- It Was His Sled: Madame Gasket is Ratchet's mother.
- One-Line Wonder: Diesel with his Darth Vader voice box.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The movie extolled the virtue of innovation and desire to improve people's livelihood, which the film showed Big Weld's prosperous society that he made for the city in contrast to self-interest driven ideals of Phineas T. Ratchet that ostracize less-modern "Outmode" robots into lower classes to be processed into upgrades for wealthier robots. Also it showed the eventual result of repression against lower classes as represented by a massive revolt by the "Outmode" robots after a long time of being left to be broken by Ratchet's policy against them.
- Values Resonance: The film has better values ten years after its release, thanks to its promotion of individuality and social equality.
- Jury's out on if the movie's plot counts as an Accidental Aesop about planned obsolescence or if it was intentional, but given how much of a problem companies making products that only last until the next big thing comes out has become it resonates.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Considering the amount of detail and texture put into the robots and the metal environment they live in, this is easily one of Blue Sky's best-looking films, and the animation has aged surprisingly very well since 2005.
- The Woobie: Rodney in some scenes.
YMMV / Robots