Whatever happened to the days of simpler robots, portrayed by men in cardboard suits, spray painted silver and making muffled *beep beep* noises with their mouths? Fine American robots of classic sci-fi gone by, like Robbie from Forbidden Planet, Maria from Metropolis, Gort from The Day The Earth Stoodt Still, and so on?
Those robots had goofy class, tin-can charm, all lost with the move to the hyper-defined robots of CGI. Bizarrely, though, CGI has made robot designs even less practical and realistic than they were before: if a humanoid robot is ever invented, it’s much more likely to be a simple walking soup can of the Robbie variety than a twenty story tall, towering Megatron with a million points of articulation.
Over at the Anonymous Philanthropist, there’s a huge (and utterly gorgeous) gallery of classic and modern robots. You could easily build a fantastic blog out of such a site, using it as your primary reference: A Robot A Day would be sure to be successful.
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