15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV

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Re: Robot Jox and Saturn 3
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/20/2014 4:12:02 PM
Did we cover the saga of Steve Austin & Oscar Goldman-?  Was that covered in the 70's Story-?  I can't recall ,,,,,,

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Re: Best Robots of the 80's ever.
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/20/2014 4:08:53 PM
You gotta jog my memory - was that Mystery Science Theatre 3000-?

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Re: Not all robots
Zippy   8/11/2014 4:12:05 PM
Batar, not to painfully extend the discussion of terminology, but as I understand it:

Robot - mechanical/electrical (non-living, anyway) autonomous or semi-autonomous device

Android - robot with human form

Cyborg - combination living and non-living functional parts


"Robots" is used here for some things that meet the strict robot criteria (Short Circuit, Wall-E), androids (Data from Star Trek), and cyborgs (Robocop).  Some things discussed here, like the replicants in "Blade Runner" aren't any of these things, as they are genetically modified humans with nothing robotic.  Arnold's Terminator is called a cyborg, His skin was non-functional (don't know if it was supposed to be alive or not) and therefore he might actually be an android.  Terminator 2 was clearly not a cyborg, but since it used some liquid metal technology beyond description which could make it appear human (in which case it would be an android) or non-human (in which case it is a robot), I don't know what to call it.  I'm so confused...   :)

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Re: Family Movies
PizzaEater   8/4/2014 1:22:51 PM
My wife remembered Short Circuit as a nice family film too, and started watching it with our then 5 year old.  There are a lot of words (and a jester or two) in this movie you don't want a youngster repeating.  My wife asked if I could remove these sections of the film, so I made a clean version.  It was quite popular with our friends that had similarly aged children.

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Best Robots of the 80's ever.
Corona Rich   8/1/2014 9:53:17 AM

Good list!  But if you ask us, you missed a few...

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AnandY   7/30/2014 6:18:43 AM
@Cabe Atwell: Robots in newer films have too much CGI going on, wouldn?t you agree? I mean it?s hard to focus on any one part of Optimus Prime because he has got so many complicated movable parts that draw our attention. The newer robot films pay attention to the robot CGI and not the story. I loved Wall.E very much. I think that was the most movable animated movie in recent times besides Up!

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AnandY   7/30/2014 6:18:05 AM
I loved the old Terminator films and have come to appreciate the newer ones, and I think such robotic nuisance is increasingly possible in this age of advanced computers. I personally liked the Terminator (the ones played by Arnold) because it was old, yet robust, and it learned real quickly.

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Rocky IV
Charles Murray   7/29/2014 8:27:12 PM
Possibly the worst movie robot was Sico from Rocky IV. It's everything we've come to expect from Hollywood's least imaginative movies. Reminds me of the robot in the TV show, Lost in Sapce.

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Often overlooked
TagFerret   7/29/2014 1:42:04 PM
So perhaps not as "memorable" as the rest for most people, and none of the robots were the star of the film, but for me you just can't overlook the robots in 1984's "The Ice Pirates" starring Robert Ulrich!

The film includes dozens of robots, all of which are wonderfully silly machines.  On the protagonists' ship you have sword-weilding Rock-Em-Sock-Em combat robots and the Kung Fu Master robot created by Roscoe (Michael D. Roberts) -- "So why did you make it black?" "Because I wanted it to be perfect!" --  and and the ship's self-propelled trash can robot.  On the villainous Templar (yes you read that right) vessels you have the counterparts to the swordfighting robots.  And in between you ancounter a delightful Pimp Bot and family of mommy, daddy, and baby bots at the spaceport... plus many others!


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Re: "I'll be back"
Cabe Atwell   7/29/2014 2:19:52 AM
1980s robots are the absolute best. Terminator, Transformers, Johnny 5, Batteries not Included... Greatest of all time!

Batteries not Included inspired me to become an engineer!


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