I took two of my daughters (Lea, my 14 year old and Lisa, my 11 year old) to see Robots tonight. Lea wanted to dodge finishing her homework and Lisa had been planning on seeing it with a friend earlier, but that plan fell through. So off we went to Factoria Cinemas.
The movie started with 22 minutes of previews and out-and-out commercials. Annoying. I like previews, but not that much!
Anyway, to the review: the movie is a disappointment. The pace is seriously too frantic (mostly due to Robin Williams' character), character development is near zero, the story is trite at nearly every turn, and while the CGI is stunning, aren't we all getting a little too jaded to be impressed anymore by mere stunning CGI?
The biggest disappointment is that it could have been a good movie with simple changes. It has plenty of whimsical elements that could have been charming, had the movie slowed down its pace to allow the audience to absorb and enjoy. The storytelling comes to a standstill to allow the Robin Williams' character (more or less a sidekick to the main character) time to do what Robin Williams does in most movies - ad libs, riffs, etc that while amusing, are getting old. Without his character, the movie would have been much better. There are also too many secondary characters, two or three too many.
Both girls enjoyed the movie well enough, but I doubt if they'll be clamoring for the DVD.