Disney/Pixar's cute robot epic Wall-E will be hitting in summer, and they've just released a new image of the sad-looking little title character that'll tug at your heartstrings. At a time when cinematic robots have become super-cars, or terrifying red-eyed machines with complete disregard for human life, Wall-E reminds us that there's a robot counterculture full of sweet, dreamy, groovy bots who just want to sniff the flowers. Get ready for Wall-E with our list of the very best (erm, at least the most memorable) wacky bots.
- Disney balanced out the scary as hell Maximillian and the human zombie robo-droids in The Black Hole with V.I.N.C.E.N.T. and his retarded robo-brother Old B.O.B., voiced by Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickens, respectively. They could hover off the ground and fire laser blasts, but were mostly played for comic effect, especially the Southern drawling B.O.B., who goes down with his ship in a teary farewell.
- Johnny Five from Short Circuit was goofy as hell, turning from a hunk of rolling military metal into a sentient robo-dork that falls in love with Ally Sheedy after being struck by lightning. According to the movie, he cost $11,000,000 to build, making him fairly cheap by military standards, but his association with Steve Guttenberg in the movie has to drag that value way down. The movie spawned a forgettable sequel, and Johnny Five hasn't been seen since.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy gave us Marvin the Paranoid Android, who we've seen in both the film and television versions of the project. For my money, I prefer the TV version's look, although you can't beat Alan Rickman's voiceover in the movie. A brain the size of a planet, and he's asked to be a servant for humans. It's no wonder he's depressed all the time.
- Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet was the first robot to come along who actually had a personality, and managed to shed years of cold robot fortitude and emotionless monotonal voices. He even had a sense of humor and could even cook. He's made countless film and tv appearances since 1956, and is probably the one robot we'd really want to take home with us out of all of them on this list.
- Lost in Space provided "The Robot" or "Robot" as he was always called, although his packing crate said "ONE General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental ROBOT," which some people surmise means his name may have been "Gunter." Personally, "Robot" sounds a lot better. He often traded witticisms with the fey Dr. Smith, and although his most famous quote is "Danger, Will Robinson!" he only said it once on the show. The movie version of Robot looked a hell of a lot cooler, but suffered from being in a sucky movie.
- V.I.C.I. from Small Wonder was a robot that the dad built at his job, who basically stole her to bring home and use as a household chore slave. However, thanks to the ratty redhaired brat living next door who constantly spied on them, they had to make up incredible lies and pretend that they'd adopted her. Of course, wacky robot hijinx ensued, and V.I.C.I. was often seen lifting couches and moving at super-speed, much to that red-headed bitch's astonishment. Sadly, she's faded into television obscurity.
- The entire cast of Robots. This movie featured Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Drew Carey and others as the voices of a cadre of robots that farted, whizzed, made tons of bathroom jokes, and basically made me avoid this movie like the plague. If you've really wanted to see a robot make a joke about the size of another robot's ass, then this movie is for you. Plus, it helps if you're a fan of the aforementioned fart jokes. In spades.