Movie Robot Bracket Game: 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.
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.