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Robota is an award-winning 2005 drama brickfilm by Marc Beurteaux. It follows the story of a broken robot trying to survive in a robot world. It features large brick-built puppets made from a mixture of LEGO and Mega-Bloks.
In a futuristic world of robots, a robot with a built-in wheelchair panhandles for money. When the robot finally gets enough money, it makes its way to a cockfighting arena. The robot bets on a small red bird. The small red bird must fight a large brown bird. The brown bird is vicious, and smacks the red bird around. When all appears to be lost, the red bird shoots a dart into the brown bird, killing it. The robot celebrates, but the crowd is upset. A brawl breaks out. The robot makes its way to the barkeep, who gives the robot its winnings.
Back on the street, the robot makes its way to a doctor, giving other disabled robots coins on the way. The doctor welds legs directly onto the robot's wheelchair. Ecstatic, the robot pays the doctor and leaves happy.
- Marc Beurteaux - Director, Animator, Writer, Editor
- Hana Kukal - Animator, Writer
- Sylvain Desbiens - Online Edit
- Sue Robertson - Sound Editor
- Matt Davies - Additional Sound Editing
- Dave Weir - Additional Sounds
- Derek Malcolm - Additional Sounds
- Peter Kronowetter - Visual Effects
- Robert Crowther - Visual Effects
- Neil Exall - Music
- Pat Bowman - Music
- Marty Knox - Music
- Rob Taylor - Music
- Stephen Pitkin - Audio Engineer
- Jim Benkovic - Audio Engineer Assistant
Robota has won many awards, including:
- Best Art Direction - Chicago Short Film Festival, Chicago, IL, USA
- Best Canadian Film - Resfest 2005
- Best Animation - Deep Fried Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
- Audience Award - 24 Hour Film Festival, New York, USA
- Outstanding Achievement Award - New Haven Underground Film , Festival, Hartford, CT, USA
Additionally, it was the winner of four 2005 BAMPAs in the categories Best Animation, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Elements and Best Debut Film. It was also nominated for Best Film and Best Sound Design but lost to Frankenstein by Robinson Wood in both categories.