Robot movies have always been around, but it seems that within the last few years, they are everywhere. The newest robot films to hit theaters are “Pacific Rim” and the freshly announced “Transformers 4.” The U.S. isn’t the only country obsessed with robots, whether good or bad, and how they affect human life. Many are hoping to see the Spanish film “Eva” in U.S. theaters. Many foreign films have used robots, and some of these robots are famous. Here are some of the best robots in foreign films.
The robotic Godzilla first made an appearance in the franchise in the 1970s with “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla,” but has since popped up in several films, including the most recent “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.” The giant robot has been the one enemy that has given Godzilla the most trouble. Godzilla has almost been defeated a few times at the hands of Mechagodzilla.
Astro Boy is a famous robot character from a Japanese manga and anime. It become a full-length animated film in 2009 titled “Astro Boy.” Although it was an American film, Hong Kong based animation company Imagi Studios brought the character to life. Astro Boy was built by a man who created the robot after his dead son’s image. Astro Boy became a crime fighter, and possibly the most famous character in manga history, as he helped make manga and anime famous.
Motoko Kusanagi is the usually naked cyborg that tries to find and take down the Puppet Master in “Ghost in the Shell.” “Ghost in the Shell” has been a manage, anime series, books, and films. She is most often the main character in the series. “Ghost in the Shell” has an interesting premise that makes everything think, and Kusanagi on beautiful cyborg that kicks butt.
Chitti the robotic hero in the India film “Enthiran.” The film was a box office smash, making Chitti a household name. Chitti is a robot programmed with human emotions. While he follows orders like a robot, he also falls in love. Since he is a robot, he’s also susceptible to being controlled by someone else, which is the whole point to the plot of “Enthiran.”
Marvin, the Paranoid Android
“Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” is a film adaptation of a beloved book by Douglas Adams. The film was a British/American co-production, but the movie keeps all of its British charm and quirky humor. Marvin is a robot in the film that always feels something is going to go wrong and never has anything helpful or hopeful to say. Alan Rickman voices the robot in the film, and no one could have done a better job. His voice was perfect for the role.