Robots

Bomb Rating: 

Is anybody else sick of Robin Williams? I mean, it's getting to the point where I hear the guy's voice and I want to chew one of my arms off.

Is anybody else sick of Robin Williams? I mean, it's getting to the point where I hear the guy's voice and I want to chew one of my arms off. This guy hasn't just jumped the shark; he's vaulted over the entire species. Williams is lending his voice to so many animated films that he's spawned an entire industry for voice imitators to cover the sequels. I believe that the first sign of the Apocalypse is when he and Eddie Murphy do voices in the same film.

Just look at his bit during the recent Academy Awards. Williams' schtick is old and tired. He's one bad movie away from selling canned peas. Given that this fact is virtually indisputable, why do filmmakers continue to stick him in their films and allow him to riff with material that's a decade old? In every animated (and most non-animated) film in which he appears, he ends up using jokes from his stand-up days. Jesus Christ, do us all a favor and come up with a new joke or two, Robin.

Williams voices Fender, the sidekick role to Ewan McGregor's Rodney Copperbottom. Rodney, an inventor, goes to the big city to make it big, only to find corruption at the highest levels of the corporate robot world. Rodney worships Bigweld (Mel Brooks), but finds that the largest maker of robot parts is run by Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), a robot with a plan to sell only upgrades, which will force the underclass to eventually be sold for scrap.

Naturally, Rodney saves the day. Aside from the setting (and the resultant plethora of technology jokes and robot puns), this isn't exactly an original idea. Toss in lots of Robin Williams ad-libs, and it's downright annoying. Of course, the kids will love it, though they'll learn the lesson that individuality and creativity can still win out in the corporate world, a fact that couldn't be further from the truth.

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