Top 10 Movie Robots of All Time
If you love robot movies, this article is for you. Christianity Today
has a list of the Top
Ten Movie Robots of All Time. The article has actually been around
a while, but it hasn't been on Robots.net yet and it's quite
entertaining and a little interesting. Spoiler list follows, so go to
the article now if you
don't want the quick list. Ok, here's the quick list of the top 10
robots of all time from the article: 10. MechaGodzilla, 9. Robot
Westworld, 8. Data from Star Trek, 7. Johnny-5 from Short Circuit, 6.
Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still, 5. Robby from The Forbidden
Planet (my personal favorite), 4. The Iron Giant, 3. The Terminator(s),
2. Der Maschinian-Mensch lady robot from Metropolis, 1. R2-D2 and C-3P0
from Star Wars (hey, wait that's two robots for the number one spot!).
What's your favorite movie robot of all time?
Huey, Dewey, and Louie, from "Silent Running". (Never saw the movie,
only stills of the robots).
The non-human cast of "*Batteries Not Included".
The agri-'bots from "Runaway" (Is this right?)
Crow and Tom Servo from the MST3000 Movie.
Seriously, though, seeing R2-D2 as a kid strongly influenced my
decision to get a degree in electrical engineering. R2 was the first
movie robot that I found believable.
Other robots?, posted 23 Nov 2005 at 16:09 UTC by steve »
Has anybody seen a definitive list of every movie ever made that featured
a robot of some sort? That would be interesting...
Robby the robot from the Forbidden Planet movie was my first loved robot
that I can remember. Loved the movie too. It was my first real
swirling brain type movie. I wish they'd do a remake, eh, but they'd
probably ruin it. R2-D2 and C3PO were also my favorites as a kid and
probably kicked off my interest in robotics more than any other. The
robot from the Lost in Space movie I thought was pretty cool.
I've seen all the robot movies listed except the Metropolis movie. I
guess I'm going to have to find it and rent it.
Johnny-5 made it to the list, but that robot never did much for me.
It's cute, playful, innocent, and all, and says "I need data" all the
time. I guess I should like it more, but it's to me on the same level
as Barny the dino.
Gort isn't very interesting to me as it is either. I think it would be
cool to make a Day the Earth Stood Still Prequel. They could show how
the federation of planets warred and came to put those menacing robots
over themselves to keep the peace and THEN find the arrogance to come to
Earth and force that so-called peace on us too. It's like it's not real
peace, it's forced peace which hangs by a thread until the time someone
can figure out how to overcome those tin cans. Doesn't really sound
like the utopian bliss they say it is to me. Cool that they can revive
dead people tho to keep the peace lip service going.
Westworld deserves a remake too. They started to make one and then
backed out. I guess Swartzenegger was gettin too old or political.
Here's one I like, but it's not really exhaustive:
I first liked the robots from Star Wars as a kid but when I was 11 the
remake of Lost in Space(1998) really got me interested in robots. When
I actually got into robotics I saw movie clips of Metropolis and so I
had to buy it and see it because I thought it was cool. And now I think
that is the coolest movie ever and Wrotwang rules. He's even cooler
than the robot itself in some ways. I have a madscientist alternate
Gort vs Gnut, posted 23 Nov 2005 at 17:04 UTC by steve »
> It's like it's not real peace, it's forced peace
> which hangs by a thread until the time someone
> can figure out how to overcome those tin cans.
You could probably argue that all peace is enforced by miltary power
though. Gort was just a slight improvement on the mutual assured
destruction theory (since only the aggressor's destruction was assured).
You should read the original short story from which the movie was
adapted ("Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, Oct 1940 Astounding
Science Fiction). It turns out that Gort (called "Gnut" in the
original)... well, let's just say it's a very, very different story.
of copyright and you can read it online
if you're curious.