Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit and Pee-wee's Playhouse. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
The 1980s also saw robots appearing in two major series of the era: Superman III and Rocky IV. You can't page through the 80s without bumping into John Hughes and the Brat Pack. We saw robots in their mix in Weird Science by Hughes, with Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall, and Short Circuit, featuring fellow Brat Packer Ally Sheedy.
To demonstrate just how deep 80s robots integrated into our imaginations, we're seeing them show up in our era, with Terminator Salvation, RoboCop 2014, and a Short Circuit remake on the way.
Click on the image below to start the slideshow. Did we miss any great robots from the 1980s? Tell us in the comments section below.
1983: Superman III. This film flop from director Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night) was the third in a series of Superman films from the 70s and 80s. In the film's climax, Vera Webster (Annie Ross), the sister-partner of villainous multimillionaire Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn), is monstrously transformed into a robot by an intelligent supercomputer hidden in a cave in the Grand Canyon. (Source: reddit.com)
Yes the list gets better after each decade, which shows the advancement in the film industry as well as animation. The upcoming lists would be much more interesting as the Robot movies are a lot in number, and i am eager to see which ones make it to the top 15 slots.
Wall-E always reminds me of Short Circuit, the resemblance is uncanny.
The animation of Wall-E is obviously too good as the technology grew, but the initial credit goes to Short Circuit for coming up with such a cute robot. No matter what people say i will always see Wall-E as the little brother of J5.
I think you missed these two. They are not necessarily among the best of the robotic movies of the 1980s but the Robots were still pretty good considering the 80s. Perhaps they didn't make the top 15 of your list. For me, Arnold takes the cup for the 1980s robots.
For my money, Arnold was the best movie robot ever. His acting was just stiff enough to fit the role, and the Austrian accent added a menacing quality to his words. His line, "I'll be back," is remembered for good reason. With Arnold's delivery, it's still one of the most chillingly funny lines in movie history.
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