Australian Council on Children and the Media

Robots

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What’s it about?

Rodney Copperbottom is a young robot who wants to be an inventor when he grows up. His favourite TV show is about inventions hosted by a Mr Bigweld whose door is never closed to new ideas. When Rodney’s old enough he travels to Robot city to show Bigweld his latest invention – a clever little robot that does simple tasks very fast.

When Rodney arrives in Robot City he’s very upset to find that Bigweld’s company has been taken over by Ratchet, a wicked man who only cares about making money. Ratchet lives in fear of his even more wicked Mother who wants to destroy all the robots’ spare parts and upgrade their bodies. Any robots left wandering the streets at night are taken to the Chop Shop where they are melted down for scrap metal. Rodney has to do something to help the robots and starts repairing them himself. This does not please Ratchet.

What to look out for

There is some fighting in this movie such as:

  •     Ratchet kicks Rodney and his invention out of the window.
  •     Ratchet hits Bigweld with a pan.
  •     There is a battle scene between Ratchet and his huge machines and the other robots.

There are also several scenes which could frighten younger kids such as:

 

  • Ratchet’s mother is a large evil looking robot with yellow eyes and a deep voice.
  • Rodney’s friend Fender keeps losing his head and body.
  • In the Chop Shop, there’s a large furnace and Fender and Bigweld both almost end up in it. The wicked mother does end up there.

Moral of the Story

The message of the story is to follow your dreams and not to be put off by people who don’t want you to succeed.

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