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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on 'The Invisible Boy,' Robby the Robot's Follow-up to 'Forbidden Planet'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood August 22, 2012 at 1:03PM

"The Robots Are Due on Elm St!" week continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director-cinephile Joe Dante introducing Robby the Robot's sophomore acting effort, "The Invisible Boy."
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"The Invisible Boy"
"The Invisible Boy"

"The Robots Are Due on Elm St!" week continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director-cinephile Joe Dante introducing Robby the Robot's sophomore acting effort, "The Invisible Boy."

Sci fi icon Robby the Robot followed his breakthrough role in Forbidden Planet with a comparative B picture which nonetheless gave him better billing. Despite its many amusing qualities, this one has pretty much slipped through the cracks and is seldom mentioned in the company of more famous A.I. pix like Colossus and 2001. But it's arguably the first of the computers vs. mankind movies. Although Robby's subsequent career has had its inevitable ups and downs (an unfortunate over-reliance on motor oil sidelined him for awhile), he's still a popular model for Japanese toys and has his own Wikipedia page.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.