“Robot” Introduced 92 Years Ago: Top Three Film Robots

Okay, science fiction fans. I heard an interesting fact. Yesterday was the anniversary of when the word ROBOT was introduced into the English language. It was introduced by a Czech playwright, novelist and journalist named Karel Capek, who introduced it in 1920 in his hit play “RUR,” or “Rossum’s Universal Robots.” Being a movie buff, iI of course thought of famous robots in film. I could compile quite a list, but just to make it more refined, I’ve narrowed it down to the top 3.

C-3PO and R2-D2.
I know that these are two robots instead of one, but these “droids”(as Mr. Lucas coined them) must come in a pair. C-3PO, the protocol droid, is equipped with over 6 million forms of communication and hates adventure and space travel. His counterpart, R2-D2, is an astrodroid with a bold personality and bravery who serves many purposes throughout  Star Wars – from starship mechanic to computer interface specialists. Their popularity is unsurpassed by any other. After all, where do you think the name for the “DROID” phone came from?

The Terminator. Who can forget Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying the cybernetic organism (cyborg for short) T-800 series 101. This robot is sent back through time to terminate Sarah Connor, future mother of John Connor, who is destined to lead the revolution against the machines. The Terminator is a methodical killing machine and one of the great robots in film.

WALL-E. This robot, a Waste Allocation Lift Loader, Earth-Class (WALL-E for short) is the last of his kind on earth, left to clean the planet of trash. You wouldn’t believe there could be that much personality within a robot that befriends a cockroach, but then WALL-E later falls in love with another robot, EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). Wonderful characters, but what else would you expect from Pixar? This is one lil’ robot who stole our hearts.

There are my top 3 robots in film. Now, before you object, I want you to know that I considered Optimus Prime and Megatron from Transformers, but to me they were more memorable as toys than in the movies. Mashinenmensch from Metropolis also almost made the list — he was a big influence on George Lucas when creating the look for C-3PO.

Who is on your list as the greatest robots in film? Don’t forget where the word ROBOT came from, and more importantly… No talking or texting during the feature presentation.

— Jim

3 thoughts on ““Robot” Introduced 92 Years Ago: Top Three Film Robots

  1. I can agree on the first two, but I have to drop WALL-E. My top 3 has to include Robbie the Robot appearing first in Forbidden Planet and then the TV show, Lost in Space. Dick Tufeld who voiced the warning "Danger, Will Robinson!" passed away just last week and Bob May, the stuntman wearing the suit, passed back in 2009. Together, they protected a boy and his family in deep space and we are eternally grateful!

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