There's no doubt that every dollar spent on making "ROBOTS" is right up there on the screen. The story focuses on Rodney, a robot idealist, wanting to make a difference in the world. Inspired by viewing the sales pitch of Mr. Bigweld, he ventures forward to meet him and sell himself as an inventor. Unfortunately, Bigweld's company is being run by a robot named Ratchet with nothing but greed on his mind. He wants to create an environment where old parts can't be replaced, forcing robots to have to buy entire new equipment, courtesy of his company. There are many characters that Rodney meets along the way, allowing for some fine voice characterizations from big celebrities, but Robin Williams as "Fender" is what makes most of the movie entertaining.
It's ironic that as colorful as it is, the overall feel of the film is pretty cold. There's just not a lot of emotional attachment one can feel about any character here, even though they're all well-voiced.
FOX has preserved the show's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The digital transfer is absolutely flawless! Colors are rich and vibrant throughout. The detail is really staggering at times! It's demonstration quality!
FOX has provided options for both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 mixes. This is an aggressive mix, filled with panning/discrete effects. There are many scenes in which Rodney's movements in and around machinery come to incredibly creative 360 degree life as he's thrown all around the place. Sound effects permeate practically every scene and there's great detail, so even subtle sounds aren't overshadowed by the bass, which is also prominent. While both mixes are wonderful, the DTS has an obvious advantage in regards to clarity and bass.
FOX has also included a large amount of extras for this release!
A section focuses on 11 characters, allowing for the voice-actors to discuss their own character. A short segment focuses on the Blue Man Group.
Two audio commentaries are included. The first from Blue Sky Studios, offers just about anything technical someone could ever want to know about the filmmaking process employed here.
The second, more entertaining commentary offers Director Chris Wedge and the film's production designer, William Joyce. While still technical at times, it's also much more relaxed and insightful.
There are deleted scenes and some short films as well.