Animated fable about woodcarver Geppetto and his puppet Pinocchio, who is brought to life after he wishes for a son.
Pinocchio certainly isn’t what we would think of as a robot, but he is one of the classic examples throughout cinematic history as being an artificial creation. Brought to life by his woodcarver puppet master, Pinocchio even pleads that he’s a “real boy” as he seeks to have the same experiences as human children.Read more
The Iron Giant(1999)
Superbly animated adaptation following young Hogarth's discovery of a colossal, friendly robot, and his plight to protect him from government agents.
This adaptation of Ted Hughes’s story ‘The Iron Man’ transplants the action to 1950s America, with a backdrop of Cold War tension with the Space Race and advances in weaponry causing fear. When a huge robot appears in this atmosphere, it takes an innocent young boy to believe he’s capable of more than just destruction.Read more
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A small, rather hopeless looking robot is left alone on Earth to clean up the mess left by humans, in this wonderful Pixar animation.
It could well be said that many of our household appliances have near-robot functionality – especially with the advances in smart technology in recent years – but WALL-E has the cute personality to go with it. This film suggests robots may be the only things left on planet Earth if we don’t take the issue of climate change seriously and address it soon.Read more
Big Hero 6(2014)
Action packed Disney animation with a lovable robot and a cool teenage scientist.
This inventive superhero origin story, adapted from a graphic novel, sees a robot designed to be a healthcare companion. But while Baymax – who looks more like an inflatable doll than a traditional robot – is indeed very cuddly and caring, he also has a number of hidden abilities.Read more
A robot astronaut is tasked by his human inventors to measure the distance from Earth to the end of the universe.
This non-dialogue short film examines the role robots could play in future scientific endeavours, including in space exploration. But much like in most films, the robot seems to have developed a fondness for his human creators beyond the task they’ve set him.Read more
A drone flies across a ravaged but beautiful landscape, carrying a mysterious gift for an unknown recipient.
Robots have changed in shape and size through the ages, and one of the newest form of robots – even available to the everyday consumer – is the drone. In this short film, a delivery drone makes its long journey across stunning vistas as it attempts to find its destination.Read more
Tim Burton weaves a fantastical tale of a synthetic man with scissors for hands who is discovered and then brought into modern society.
From the early days of cinema and ‘Frankenstein’, there have been many stories on the big screen which have tackled the topic of artificial creations. ‘Edward Scissorhands’ follows titles like this and ‘Pinocchio’, updating it with Tim Burton’s trademark outsider aesthetic, where an artificial man must navigate his new suburban surroundings.Read more
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