Who doesn’t love our robot friends, even the ones that want to wipe us out? Cinemalicious this week takes a look at some of filmdom’s finest tincan companions…
The star of Pixar’s ninth consecutive computer animated hit was a plucky little sentient trash compactor – not much of a looker for a would be Romeo. His neck suggested a wattle, and his clumsy metal hands could barely gras the sleek, curved, eggshell-white fins of his lady love, the probe robot EVE. But WALL?E wooed his paramour – and moviegoers of all ages – anyway, even as the film’s story line sparker politicised debate over it’s depiction of a future Earth laid waste by consumerism. Director Andrew Stanton says he was baffled: "People seized on things to plead their own causes. I just chose robots to tell a love story."
WALL•E wasn’t the first hunk of metal to rivet us. A look back at sci-fi heavyweights through the decades:
Marie in Metropolis (1927)
Director Fritz Lang’s futuristic tale features a female Frankenstein, built to seduce a city’s workers.
Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
How do you shut off this mute bodyguard’s death-ray stare? Just say "Klaatu barada nikto!"
Robby the Robot in Lost in Space (1963-1968)
His proper acronym is GUNTER, but his cohorts Dr. Smith and Will Robinson never call him that.
R2-D2 in Star Wars (1963-1977)
Like WALL•E, Artoo lives to serve – and they both speak in beeps and boops designed by Ben Burtt.
T-800 in The Terminator (1985)
Ah-nold’s original terrifying cyborg assassin. We’d like to see WALL•E try to compact that!