Movie Robot Bracket Game: R2-D2 Vs. Wall-E

R2-D2 Vs. Wall-E

To celebrate the release of Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history.  Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us.  Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines.  Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days.  In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.

Robots

Yesterday, Wall-E defeated the replicant from Blade Runner, Roy Batty, to advance to the finals.  It was a close race, but Wall-E scored 56% of the votes to take home the win.  Now he faces Star Wars droid, R2-D2, in a battle of the huggable bots!

R2-D2 first appeared in the original Star Wars in 1977.  There was a fully mechanical version and a hollowed out version which was manipulated by actor Kenny Baker.

Ewan McGregor, who portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, said Artoo brought out the inner child in the cast and crew:

As soon as R2-D2 comes on the set, everyone goes a bit silly.  There is something about him that makes you feel great affection for him.

George Lucas has named Artoo as his favorite Star Wars character.  That is why he has the little droid save the day at least once in every Star Wars movie.

Wall-E starred in his own movie from Pixar in 2008.  The Academy Award-winning movie (Best Animated Feature) was hailed by critics and a smash at the box office.

A life-size Wall-E was built by Walt Disney Imagineering.  It made appearances at Disneyland, the Franklin Institute; theMiami Science Museum; the Seattle Center; and the Tokyo International Film Festival.  Due to the robot’s size (it weighed 318 kg) it was not allowed to interact with guests for fear that it would run over a child’s foot.

Both bots have been inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame.  Artoo was among the first class of inductees in 2003.  Wall-E was among the most recent class in 2012.

Which loveable robot will be crowned champion?  It’s time to decide.

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Posted on March 12, 2015, in bracket game, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. AWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! Lebeau, that picture is just the cutest thing to greet my eyes this morning!!!! They are holding robot hands – I love it!!!!!!

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  2. I’m voting for WALL-E on the strength of his headliner status in his own Oscar-winning movie. I’m not sure R2 could carry a full-length film on his own. Despite this, it was a very close decision. The Gen Xer in me is mad at my brain right now.

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  3. Next time, maybe we could split evil robots and cute robots into their own battles. 🙂

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  4. I voted R2. I really do consider him the most iconic robout in film. The unsung hero in R2’s creation really is sound designer Ben Burtt. It’s probably impossible now to imagine R2-D2 without all those electronic bleeps and blurps, but Ben Burtt created R2’s “voice” from scratch on his own, using his own vocalizations on an electronic synthesizer. R2 is a beautifully designed droid, but those vocal beeps go a long way to giving R2 his character and warmth.

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  5. Lebeau, if R2 wins the match I have a possible suggestion for tomorrow’s post: how about including the TV commercial from the 70’s for the STAR WARS SMOKING PSA? I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen this before, but C-3PO finds R2 taking a drag off a cigarette and then tells him it’s totally not cool (“smoking isn’t grown up at all!”). Maybe R2 fell to peer pressure here, or maybe R2 fell in with the wrong crowd in high-school, but R2 is definately rocking that cigarette when that party-pooper 3PO finds him. You can find it easily on Youtube if you wish to check it out for consideration. 🙂

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