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What to know: Sharing your cookie with a robot made out of a box.
ROBOX is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 10-18
15 minutes
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This film has a very interesting storyline, although the first few minutes are a bit difficult to get through. And, they are confusing. The Einstein quote gives you a sense of what is to come. The mother is absorbed in looking at photos of her with a man but we don't know where he is or why he isn't there. It's an unsolved mystery in the film. The rest of the film is engaging and interesting. I would highly recommend this film for tweens and teens. The child actor is quite extraordinary and very engaging. The non-narrative storyline is well presented and enticing. I love seeing the boy teach the robot he has made how to walk. It's well paced, has interesting background music and fun special effects. The mom is a bit harsh, but we don't understand what's going on in her mind since the elephant in the room is the missing dad. Suicide, death, prison? We don't know. One has to wake up one's imagination to believe that the robot can move on its own after the boy's mother takes him away from it, leaving it behind. Watching the robot go outside on his own is truly joyful. He rides the train on his own. Escapes from the trash pile. I love this robot. Then, things change. We see the mom wander into a room full of lights all lit. She loses her negative attitude. The boy is a boy's boy and you've got to love him. His shirt says "warrior" and he is just that. When he sees his robot hit by a car, he scrambles to rescue it, feeding it half his cookie. That's love. Sharing your cookie with a robot made out of a box. The mom pulls through in the end and all is right in the world. The blend of live action and animation in the ending is truly joyful. The cinematography throughout is excellent, making you feel as if you have been transported to another time and place. I recommend this short for ages 10 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Hanna M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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