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Masala entertainer

Small-town boy comes to the city to get help for his ailing father, finds himself with the task of saving the citizens from the bad guys ... A hero is born. Yes, it does sound like a plot ripped off from a Tamil masala film, but the difference is that Robots is an animation film set in a world full of mechanised beings. Yes, it is in the masala entertainer genre with some really funny lines.

Kids are going to love this.

Rodney Copperbottom (voice by Ewan McGregor), a young inventor comes to the city to meet his idol Bigweld (Mel Brooks) only to find that Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) and his psycho Mom have taken over robot city to turn robots into metal scrap.

Rodney knows that only the genius Bigweld can save the robots from Ratchet. So he takes the help of a group of misfits who call themselves the Rusties, led by Fender (Robin Williams) who lives with his sister Piper Pinwheeler (Amanda Bynes). The beautiful Cappy (Halle Berry) comes to the aid of the underdog robots to fight the evil Ratchet.

The writers of this movie, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, have come up with a mix of the funny, witty, corny and profound.

But it's Fender (Robin Williams) who walks away with the best lines in the house, much like the Donkey in Shrek. When Copperbottom plays very badly, trust Fender to say: "Are you crazy? It's the new fusion of jazz and funk. It's called junk!"

Here's another one. The Mailbox slaps Fender when he asks if he has mail. And Fender goes: "Oh, that's from my sister. I recognise her handwriting."

Director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) has created a world which is visually captivating and endearingly funny, by giving robots all that they are known not to have: intelligence, a sense of humour and yes, a heart!

SUDHISH KAMATH

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