Synopsis: Even in a world populated entirely by mechanical beings Rodney Copperbottom is considered a genius inventor. Rodney dreams of two things, making the world a better place and meeting his idol, the master inventor Bigweld. On his journey he encounters Cappy, a beautiful executive 'bot with whom Rodney is instantly smitten, the nefarious corporate tyrant Ratchet who locks horns with Rodney, and a group of misfit 'bots known as the Rusties, led by Fender and Piper Pinwheeler.
Director(s): Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha (co-director)
Production: 20th Century Fox
  2 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

- There you go.

- Thanks.

I'm gonna be a dad!

I just talked to my wife.

My baby's gonna be delivered any minute.

- Hey, get out of the way.

- Hey, I'm gonna be a dad.

Congratulate me.

Good for you, Herb.

Don't even think about it.


Sorry. How are you?

Nice to see you. I'm gonna be a dad!


Hey, Mr. Nuts,

did you hear the news?

- Yeah.

- Beautiful day, isn't it?

I'm here. I'm here.

- I'm here.

- Oh, honey, I'm so sorry.

You missed the delivery.

It's okay.

Making the baby's the fun part.

Honey, I think

you've got the wrong...

No, I don't need to see the directions.

Push, push.


Twelve hours of labor.

Oh, but it was worth it.

Look at him. Look at him.

Rodney Copperbottom.

He's got your mom's eyes

and my dad's nose.

I knew we were smart

to save those parts.

This Copperbottom will do great things

for the world, I can feel it.

- Honey?

- What?

What's that extra piece?

Oh, no, they always put in an extra...

We did want a boy, right?

This won't hurt a bit, son.

Got your nose. Got your nose.

Got your...

- Hi, son.

- Are those my big-boy parts?

They sure are.

They're not shiny.

Well, they're not brand-new.

They're preowned. So...

They're hand-me-downs

from your cousin Jeffrey.

And they're only for a year.

Hey, Dad, who's that?

That, Rodney, is Bigweld.

The greatest robot in the world.

I thought you were

the greatest robot in the world.

No, besides me.

He's the head of Bigweld Industries.

He invents things

that make everyone's life better.

- Could I meet him?

- Sure, maybe someday.

- Dad?

- Yeah?

- What do you do?

- Me? I work in a big, fancy restaurant.

I'm a dishwasher.

And now, live from Robot City,

it's The Bigweld Show.

Oh, yeah!

Come on, Dad, you're missing it.

All right, Rodney.

All right, I'm coming. I'm coming.

I had to bring work home

with me again, I'm sorry.

Mr. Gunk has really been piling it on.

And now, the host of our show,


Welcome. This week I thought you'd like

to take a look around Bigweld Industries.

This here is the front gate.

Kind of cute, ain't it?

- Good morning, Tim.

- Good morning, Mr. Bigweld, sir.

Tim, who closed the front gate?

Well, I just thought since...

We never shut the gate, Tim.

Shutting this gate means

shutting out fresh ideas.

See, every day, robots come here

from hither and yon...

...bringing us new ideas.

And I listen to

every single one of them.

So remember, whether a bot is made

of new parts, old parts or spare parts... can shine

no matter what you're made of.

He's talking to me, Dad.

He sure is, son. He sure is.

Okay, folks, let's get to inventing.

You know, I love to tinker...

...but all the tinkering in the world isn't

useful unless it starts with a good idea.

So look around for a need and start

coming up with ideas to fill that need.

One idea will lead to another,

and before you know it...'ve done it.

See a need, fill a need.

That's it, Dad. I have to look for...

...a need.

Easy, now.

- Hey there, sport.

- Oh, hi.

These are your 12-year-old parts.


Hand-me-downs. I know, Dad.

- I don't mind.

- They are from your cousin...


You know how popular she is.


Oh, hey. Hey.

Soon as you reach the age where your

warranty expires, you start falling apart.

Pretty soon there's gonna be

more duct tape than me.

- Can I try it now, Dad?

- Oh, Rodney...

- Have you worked all the kinks out of it?

- This is gonna make your job easy.

I invented it for you.

Okay. Let's try it.

Great. Okay, this is it.

Wonderbot, go to work.

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David Lindsay-Abaire

David Lindsay-Abaire (born November 30, 1969) is an American playwright, lyricist and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play Rabbit Hole, which also earned several Tony Award nominations. more…

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