It is not the purpose of Neill Blomkamp, but here is the fact : « Chappie » is not a so ugly robot. He’s got a cool & funny face, with its old style device and long thin ears ! A nice robot, it speaks to both adults (moved) and children (charmed): so this is potentially a double success! It’s probably also a way to humanize robotics, and put these machines to our scope of understanding.
But shortfilms showed that idea before, through different styles & stories. Common point : a poor robot that is hurt by some bad and indifferent humans, that is to say the opening to a certain social critic in our relation to technologies.
I’ve choosen these 3 shortfilms that perfectly show the capacity of imagination of screenwriters.
1/ « Story of R32 » : a nice robot that wants to help…
2/ « Blinky » : a smiling robot intended to help a family
3/ « I’m here » : a robot that experiences the feeling of love…
Do you know other shortfilms in this same approach? Please share the links here under in comments!