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Top 10 Favourite Movie Robots (Feature)

In the wake of the 3rd annual Robot Film Festival, we have a look at our favourite robots.

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Last weekend saw the third annual Robot Film Festival in San Francisco. The weekend festival is all about fictional and real life robots. Showcasing imaginative design and story telling and futuristic breakthrough engineering. All rounded off with awesome robot dancing. With this, we’ve decided to celebrate the ingenious oddball gathering by listing our favourite film robots in a hope that they’ll someday be made.

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10. 80s Robot – The Muppets (2011)

One of our favourite characters from the newest muppets film was the incredibly understated 80s Robot. When Kermit the Frog turns into a recluse at the end of the Muppet Show’s lengthy run, 80s Robot is all he has as a loyal friend, butler, and driver. All of which he does very well despite having no legs. An icon of stereotypical classic design, 80s Robot makes it onto our list.


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9. Johnny 5 – Short Circuit 1/2 (1986/88)

The most irritating and yet weirdly charming robot to ever exist. Created as one of ten prototype combat robots, number five is unwittingly struck by lightning and comes to life. It was the 80s, that’s how robots worked back then. After screaming “Number five is alive!” about a thousand times, Johnny decides to be nice and forgoes his weapons systems for a life of annoying Steve Guttenberg. He probably deserved it after ‘Police Academy’.


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8. The Gunslinger – Westworld (1973)

After his immense success in playing a cowboy in ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and many other films, Yul Brynner thought he’d branch out in his career and play a robot; A robot cowboy of course. Westworld is the amazing theme park where you can live out your dreams of being a cowboy. The bad guys are all robots so nobody gets hurt. Genius! Until one goes a bit haywire and kills every one. Never speaking a word, The Gunslinger is one terrifying robot that builds horror and suspense until there is only one guest left in the park.


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7. Ash – Alien (1979)

What makes Ash so intimidating is that you think he’s just an awful human. That is until he explodes in a flash of white stuff. It all makes sense then that his actions were that of a calculated machine. He wasn’t a bad guy, he was just working to percentages. The sad fact that no matter how human one makes a machine, they will never be human enough.


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6. The Iron Giant – The Iron Giant (1999)

The naive alien robot that über face plants the Earth. Set in American cold war hysteria, ‘The Iron Giant’ is a capture of what paranoia combined with a lack of understanding can do. Almost get a town destroyed Godzilla style is what it can do! This lovely Disney story has about a hundred good morals in it as well as a kick ass planet destroying robot with guns for arms. What more could anyone ask for?


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5. T-800 – The Terminator (1984), T2: Judgement Day (1991), T3: Rise of the Machines (2003),  T4: Salvation (2009)

The most badass and only slightly camp time-traveler to ever exist. Taking a leaf out of The Gunslinger’s book, the silent, never stopping determination of the T-800 in the first movie radically contradicts the faithful bodyguard of the second and third. First a bad guy, then a good guy, the character development of the man that has no character is incredible. The fact that fans can love and get so much from what is essentially just a man walking a round with a shotgun is one of the best things about the Terminator franchise. That and Arnie’s one liners of course.


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4. HAL 9000 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Has no one learnt anything from this list? If you’re going to travel into space, don’t put a robot in charge! After suffering a malfunction, the astronauts aboard Discovery One decide to shut down HAL 9000. The artificial intelegnce of HAL makes the wise choice to shut down the people before they shut down him. It is the only way that HAL can complete his mission. The only way. And so coldly and mercilessly HAL 9000 begins to murder everyone onboard. It’s standard operating procedure, honest.


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3. Robbie the Robot – Forbidden Planet (1956)

Robbie is THE robot. The quintessential sci-fi robot that has made over 30 official appearances in movies, television shows, and adverts. Even though he was made for only one movie, Robbie has become the cult icon of early sci-fi. Propelling his image and stardom though several decades to be the poster boy for both science fiction and robots.


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2. C3PO & R2D2 – Star Wars (1977 – eternity)

C3PO and R2D2 were the first to show the world that robots can be friends, or what ever their weird relationship is. The great irony of the pair being that Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, the men inside the suits respectively, despise one another. A firm favourite from the very beginning, these two have been in almost every spin off edition of the franchise. The “great” fact that robots don’t age means that the twosome can, and no doubt will, remain to crop up in everything that George Lucas receives royalties for.


1.WALL·E – WALL·E (2008)

Our hearts were torn apart when this little guy came along. Left alone in on the Earth to single handedly clean up after the human race. A little machine with more character and humanity than all the heathens he was built by put together. The emotions that this little robot feels can’t be put into words, literally as he can’t speak, but they don’t need to be. His actions spell out everything that he wants until he decides to just go and get them. An inspiration of storytelling and character. And this is a kids film?! Wall·e is the biggest little robot and we love him for it!

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