Science fiction movies have a long history of bringing robots to life. Some are good, some evil, and a few who are friends. This is a celebration of the best robot buddies in film. Today we show love for those robots that stand by our side, make us laugh, and even make us care for them. Robots may one day rise up and destroy mankind, but if it does happen at least we’ll have a few good robot buddies on our side.
These are our 10 favorite robot buddies.
The Iron Giant
Animation fans were introduced to Brad Bird (The Incredibles) in a big way back in the late 90s with Iron Giant. Possibly the greatest non-Disney animated film to be released up until that time, the film’s story is based on a Cold War children’s novel which never updated its message for our time. Because despite the anti-gun messaging – young Hogarth constantly tells the giant, “You’re not a gun” – this is still a story about a kid and his friend. A friend who happens to be a huge space robot that may or may not be sent to Earth to destroy the planet. But in finding Hogarth the Iron Giant is capable of stopping himself from immediately destroying any weapon or threat he comes across. It also helps that the Iron Giant is a super cool enormous metal eating robot that can take on a whole army. Who wouldn’t want that as a best friend?