CGI Details In Robot Movies That Demand A Rewatch

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Vote up the most impressive details you missed the first time around.

Robot movies have been around for a long time — longer than most realize. One of the greatest movies ever made, Metropolis, features a robot, and it came out in 1927. Of course, that robot was an actor in a suit, and that's mostly how robots have worked in film for decades. Even R2-D2 and C3PO were just a couple of actors in robot suits. Granted, this has changed in recent years, but for most of the 20th century, robots were included in film through either stop-motion animation or via people in suits. That's no longer the case, and most robots in movies are inserted via CGI.

It wasn't until the invention of CGI that movie robots managed to improve to the point that they looked realistic. Granted, that took a long time to perfect, but these days, it's difficult to tell that a CGI robot isn't real. Of course, that's not true of every example, but some films have managed to truly entertain audiences through the use of CGI. When robot movies embrace the tech, the SFX artists often go the extra mile by including intricate details, many of which are easy to miss on first viewing.

Every so often, a fan notices one of these CGI details from robot movies and posts them to the Movie Details subreddit. When other folks see these, they often demand a rewatch so they can be seen in the film themselves. This list highlights some of the more interesting CGI details in robot movies that demand a rewatch.


  • 1
    6 VOTES

    Sonny Isn't In Step With The Other Robots In 'I, Robot'

    From Redditor u/MorsOmnibusCommunis:

    In I, Robot (2004), Sonny is not in lock-step with the other robots as he's being escorted, which subtly sets him apart as unique even during the most mundane actions.

  • 2
    7 VOTES

    The Last-Surviving Ultron In 'Age Of Ultron' Is The One Cap Fought Earlier

    From Redditor u/MyMomSaysIAmCool:

    Avengers: Age of Ultron - The last surviving Ultron robot is the one that Captain America threw off of the floating city early in the battle.

  • 3
    4 VOTES

    The Typing Robot In 'Wall-E' Is Pressing Only Ones & Zeroes

    From Redditor u/Comic_Book_Reader:

    In Wall-E (2008), there's a robot typing on a keyboard with only ones and zeroes, a reference to how technology is mainly made from binary code: ones and zeroes.

  • 4
    4 VOTES

    Killing Sonny Effectively Saves Him In 'I, Robot'

    From Redditor u/jackieson97:

    In I, Robot (2004), Dr. Calvin seems convinced by the CEO of USR to terminate Sonny and inject him with lethal nanites. Briefly, we see the robot’s yellow eyes before they go black. This is a hint that Dr. Calvin actually saved Sonny as all NS-5s have yellow eyes, except for Sonny whose are blue.

  • 5
    4 VOTES

    Bumblebee's 'Breakfast Club' Move Is A Callback To Judd Nelson And 'Transformers: The Movie'

    From Redditor u/CringeOverseer:

    In Bumblebee (2018), Bumblebee imitates Judd Nelson's iconic fist pump from The Breakfast Club (1985). Nelson voiced Hot Rod/Rodimus in The Transformers: The Movie (1986), the first-ever Transformers movie.

  • 6
    3 VOTES

    Some Of Rodney's "Parts" Are From His Grandparents In 'Robots'

    From Redditor u/mahchoo:

    In Robots (2005), Rodney has his grandma’s eyes and grandpa’s nose because some genetic “parts” also skip a generation IRL.