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Laramie Movie Scope: Robot Dreams

A bittersweet, dialog free best friends movie

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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December 1, 2023 – This unusual animated feature length film has no dialog in it at all. The only words one hears are in some featured songs, primarily Earth, Wind & Fire’s, lively dance number, “September.” This is a Spanish film, but because there is no dialog it has universal appeal.

The story is set in an anachronistic 1980s setting where old technology mixes with futuristic technology. Most of the characters in the movie are animals with human characteristics, along with a few robots. This bittersweet tale, set in New York City, is about a lonely dog who builds a robot from a build-it-yourself kit.

Robot turns out to be a most excellent companion for Dog, and they spend happy days together before circumstances force them apart. In fact, the time robot and dog spend apart represents the bulk of the film. The immobilized robot dreams of getting free of his isolation and returning to Dog, and undergoes several imaginary adventures, including literally breaking out of the movie's box. At the same time, Dog dreams of getting his robot friend back.

The dreams are all very imaginative. Dog tries a few times to rescue Robot, but is thwarted by an overly alert policeman, and an utterly unhelpful bureaucracy. Robot dreams of escaping and getting close to Dog's apartment. Even more unlikely events separate Dog and Robot. Dog eventually finds the missing leg of Robot, but can't find the rest of him. Robot passes through the hands of scrappers and tinkerers.

Are Dog and Robot ever reunited? You'd have to watch the movie to see how that works out. As the movie's title suggests, this movie features a lot of dreams. These bittersweet dreams are shown in contrast to harsh reality. In this film reality is not tragic, but it is far different than Dog and Robot wish for in their dreams.

The story is a compelling one, but the pace of the film is very slow, making it seem far longer than its 102-minute running time. I grew very impatient wanting to know what happens to the robot, and that plot point is a long time coming. It was a real slog, and I ran out of patience with this movie. I liked the way the story begins and ends, but I can't say it is worth the wait in between. This movie rates a C+.

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