Movies: Metallic Machinations

Robots, a movie for the young, celebrates being old

Robots were due for a comeback. In the scientific world, creatures made of metallic bits may have been replaced by ones with electronic bytes, but computers just don't have the charm of the anthropomorphized tin men from science-fiction past. To borrow a line from A Mighty Wind, they're so retro, they're now-tro. Will Smith proved that last year with I, Robot. Now the CGI cartoonmakers, having run through their bug, monster, fish and human evolutionary phases, are into talking gadgets. Pixar has Cars next summer. And the Blue Sky team, which enjoyed a hit with Ice Age, is offering the busy,...

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