Robot Movies for Kids Who Like Robot Movies

Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 10:10 am

These robot movies for kids who like robot movies are sure to provide hours of fun for your teen, tween, or little one. For the purpose of this article, I’ve included a number of films which wouldn’t normally be called robot movies, even though they feature a cyborg, android, or other type of artificial being. Maybe it’s cheating, but I guess I’ll just have to learn to live with myself. For pure robot and sci-fi films, take a look at the links at the bottom of the page.

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WALL-E (2008) – Earth has been turned into one giant trash pile, and the adorable robot named WALL-E valiantly tries to clean it up. In the course of his job, he meets EVE, a female probe, and falls in love with her. Following his new lady into space, WALL-E suddenly finds himself in all sorts of adventures. A gentle love story with a message of environmental responsibility, WALL-E proved to be a home run for Pixar. In fact, many critics argued that it was the best film of the year and deserved at least a Best Picture nomination from the Academy Awards.

Transformers (2007) – Based on a line of toys, Transformers follows the exploits of teenager Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his dream girl, Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox). Seems that Sam is unknowingly in possession of the cosmically-powerful All Spark, and this makes him the target of the villainous, robotic Decepticons. Luckily, the heroic Optimus Prime and his Autobots are also seeking the power source, and Sam and Mikaela are caught right in the middle of a robot battle for the ages. Much better than the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Star Wars (1977) – Sure, the humans in Star Wars have become legendary characters, but let’s not forget about the robots and cyborgs of the series. I’m mainly talking about C-3PO, R2-D2, and Darth Vader, although IG-88 looks all kinds of cool in his brief appearance during The Empire Strikes Back.

Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) – The thirteenth film of the Godzilla franchise, this one pits our big green buddy against the vengeful underwater civilization of Seatopia and their god, Megalon. A heroic robot named Jet Jaguar also gets in on the action, and he teams up with Godzilla to face both Megalon and Gigan. An excellent choice for kids who want to see a human-sized robot grow to gigantic proportions and then break out the karate.

Clash of the Titans (1981) – On the surface, this tale of the Greek hero Perseus doesn’t seem at all like a robot movie, but you’re obviously forgetting about Bubo, the mechanical robot owl created to assist our hero in his journey. Bubo whirs, clicks, and provides comic relief while the humans combat gorgons, harpies, and giant scorpions. Starring Harry Hamlin, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, and Ursula Andress.

Robots (2005) – This computer-animated film takes place on a world without humans and follows the adventures of Rodney Copperbottom, a robot who dreams of making the world a better place through his inventions. Appropriate for all ages, it stars the voice talents of Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Halle Berry, and many more. When it comes to robot movies for kids who love robot movies, this one has to be near the top of the list.

Return to Oz (1985) – A kind of sequel to The Wizard of Oz, this movie sees Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) return to Oz to save the Emerald City from the dastardly Nome King. Mechanical creatures abound, most notably Tik-Tok, a powerful robot who serves as the entire Royal Army of Oz. On a side note, the character of Tik-Tok–introduced in the books of L. Frank Baum–is believed to be the first robot to ever appear in modern literature.

*batteries not included (1987) – When the residents of a dilapidated New York City apartment block see their neighborhood threatened by a greedy land developer, they get help from the most unexpected of places. I’m talking outer space, of course, as a number of tiny living robots (dubbed “fix-its”) appear to assist the locals. Produced by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Elizabeth Pena, and Frank McRae.

Meet the Robinsons (2007) – Another computer-animated family film, this time from the good folks at Disney. Twelve-year-old Lewis is an orphan and aspiring inventor. When he decides to build a memory device to learn the identity of his mother, a bizarre series of events occur, including time-traveling visitors, a vicious dinosaur, and a robotic bowler hat named Doris. The voice cast includes Jordan Fry, Tom Kenny, Harland Williams, and Angela Bassett.

The Black Hole (1979) – Another Disney film, The Black Hole follows the crew of the USS Palomino as they return from exploring deep space. When they encounter a black hole and a long-lost spaceship, they naturally investigate. This leads to an encounter with the sinister Doctor Hans Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell), a crew of faceless androids, and the killer robot known as Maximillian. Fans of robots will also be delighted by the presence of V.I.N.CENT (voiced by Roddy McDowall) and Old B.O.B. (voiced by Slim Pickens). The rest of the cast includes Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Ernest Borgnine and Yvette Mimieux.

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Now that we’ve discussed robot movies for kids who like robot movies, let’s keep this party going. Click on the links below for more recommendations:

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