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February 22, 2010

Midnight Top 5 - Robots That Are Cool As A Cucumber

Robots get a bad rap. Whether it's the T-800 and ups from the Terminator series or 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL-9000, they're often the aggressors to some pretty noble dudes and dudettes. But somewhere aside from the metal terrors of films like Hardware and Runaway (I LOVE ME SOME RUNAWAY!), there are some robots who the ladies might say are pretty fly. With no further ado, I look at my Top 5.
Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still - If you have to ask which version of this movie I'm talking about, quit reading my blog and go watch the 1951 classic. Then, be quiet. Anyway, if robots were professional wrestlers, Gort would be the late-WCW superstar Goldberg - because when he shows up, he shuts EVERYTHING down. The unstoppable Gort is quite a menacing presence, but we know he's on the side of good and only steps into action when the noble Klaatu is at risk. If that doesn't Barada your Nikto, check your pulse.Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet - Look at that sly devil! If it can please Anne Francis, it's good enough for me. Plus Robby's got a ton of fantastic features and, like Gort, is only volatile when the situation requires it. And then there's the alcohol production thing, which isn't my style, but which many enjoy responsibly. Kudos to you, Roberto Roboto.
R2-D2 from the Star Wars trilogy (What do you mean "prequels"?) - Yes, this is too easy. But do you think you could put up with C-3PO for three movies? Yeah, I couldn't either. Plus he can always use the pickup line "Is that a holographic Princess Leia in my pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" 60% of the time, it works every time.XG-7000 from Robot Repair, et al. (via Saturday Night Live) - OK, this one definitely has trouble staying cool. If you haven't seen the skit, it's the undeniably awesome Phil Hartman who plays the robotic star of "Robot Repair", a mistitled show in which he repairs everyday items - not robots. Like I said, he loses his cool as his producers continue to change the show's misleading title with disastrous results (my favorite is Let's Repair, Robots), but who hasn't wanted to kill the producers of a wronged TV show at some point? That's very cool.GERTY from Moon - Voiced by Kevin Spacey, GERTY is one of the most shockingly cool robots of our time. Unlike the HAL-9000 types he resembles, GERTY really shows a care for Sam, his human companion, up to the point of making sacrifices on behalf of him. Plus, if you can find the DVD Easter Egg, he's a heckuva ping pong player!

Got some icy cool robos you love? Hit up the comments!

9 comments:

MadMan_731 said...

Even though I haven't seen all of the robots listed in action, the list has plenty of awesome ones. No love for HAL 9000, though? Maybe that pick was too obvious.

R.D. Penning said...

GERTY all the way!

Jonny Metro said...

Well, my list would have included Bender from Futurama and Pimpbot 5000 from Conan O'Brien...but this list is pretty damned good too!

--J/Metro

The Divemistress said...

I'm with Jonny, Bender all the way. Also, Robot Devil because he makes me laugh.

Box Office Boredom said...

2 more honorable mentions-all though they would probably not make my top 5 either...
Sonny from I,Robot and does "Robocop" count as a human or a robot?

The Mike said...

Good suggestions, all! I admit to not being fully acquainted with the Futurama show, which is my bad. :(

R.D. Penning said...

Mike, I have all the Futurama seasons if you are interested. It is my favorite cartoon of all time!!! Unfortunately I haven't bought the movies yet.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Great list! Now you've got me wondering about all the robots I've seen and just forgot about . . . (Yeah, bad me!)

MadMan_731 said...

Oh and Gerty is indeed radical, as I finally saw Moon. You forgot Tom Servo and Crow from MSTK, though.