While I could have easily placed any one of the three original Star Wars films on this list, I picked Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back for the simple fact that it is my favorite of those three films. While it isn't specifically about robots, two of the franchise's primary characters (appearing in all six films) happen to be of the droid variety. Of course, I'm talking about C-3PO and R2-D2, who provided both comedic relief and even a tad bit of drama over the course of the films.
In addition to this memorable pair of droids, the franchise also includes a number of other robots. From the droids who assisted the X-Wing pilots all the way down to the Medic Droid who repaired Luke's hand, these films are crawling with metal thespians. Also, throw in the droid army and the cyborg villain General Grievous from the prequels, and you have an overflow of artificial intelligence!
Barely uttering a word, the title character of Disney/Pixar's WALL-E, along with his friend, EVE, explores a number of heady issues all under the guise of cute robots and chubby animated humans. WALL-E addresses the very adult topics of human indifference, environmentalism, reliance on technology, and obesity (as a result of complacency). The story also addresses puppy love between WALL-E and EVE.
This film sends strong messages on all of the topics it addresses, but still manages to make the viewer laugh and maybe even cry a bit. It's the only animated science fiction film I've ever watched that comes close to the brilliance of The Iron Giant. If you've never watched it, I highly suggest you check it out.
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