Do you have a child who is robot-crazy? Do they like to dismantle your home appliances to build mechanical friends for themselves? Then these cartoons may be just what you're looking for to entertain them!
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A less serious version of the Transformers bots, these robots help keep an island of people safe from harm. It takes place in Griffin Rock, Maine. The Autobots featured are different than you might remember: a Police cruiser named Chase, a firetruck named Heatwave, a helicopter named Blades, and a bulldozer named Boulder round out the robotic crew. The animation is a little cutesy, but the writing is snappy and humorous. It also features the voice of LeVar Burton (from Reading Rainbow and Star Trek TNG), so that ups its cool factor to about eleven, especially parents who were young in the 1980's. Younger robot fans will enjoy this show, as it's not aimed at the same crowd as other incarnations of Transformers.
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These are the Transformers bots you're used to if you grew up watching the Transformers animated series in the '80s. Optimus Prime and the Autobots battle Megatron and the Decepticons in an attempt to keep the Earth safe from their evil. They have befriended human kids Jack, Raphael, and Miko, and receive intelligence help from Special Agent Bill Fowler. This show is presented in more of a serial format, so be ready to have DVR space available for your little robot lover. High in action and tech talk, this show is better for your older robot enthusiast.
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Adorable little animal robots, who live in a robotic world, work together to solve problems for other adorable robot animals. Each Animal Mechanical has their own special strength: Unicorn flies, Mouse is super speedy, Kimodo (a lizard-like animal) can produce any tool or gadget needed, Rex (a dinosaur) is super strong, and Sasquatch (a somewhat ape-like creature) is super stretchy. The program works to teach children how to think constructively to solve everyday problems, using the resources they have available to them at the time. Their motto is "Can we do it? We Animal Mechanical can!" This show is aimed at younger viewers, but I think older robot lovers will enjoy them as well. They're too cute not to love!
A boy genius with a giant head and perfectly coiffed hair has a secret science lab underneath his backyard clubhouse in the small town of Retroville, in which he builds various robotic inventions. His most successful robot invention is his robot dog, Goddard. Most of his inventions, though, go horribly awry and he and his pals end up having to save the city time and time again. His poor mother Judy fears for the safety of her kitchen appliances, as Jimmy is known to "borrow" and "improve" them regularly. Kids of all ages will enjoy his antics with his friends Sheen, Carl, Cindy (the girl who secretly has a crush on him), and Libby.
The newest cartoon from Nickelodeon features--what else--a robot and a monster who are friends. Robot is voiced by Curtis Armstrong (Booger from the Revenge of the Nerds movie series and the voice of Snot on TV's American Dad) and Monster is voiced by Harland Williams (stand up comedian and the guy who killed the horse in the film Half Baked), with other characters voiced by the likes of Rhea Perlman (Carla from Cheers) as the cook and waitress of their favorite eatery, Makin' Bacon, and Jonathan Slavin (Phil the scientist from Better Off Ted) as an annoying geeky robot who just wants to be friends with Robot and Monster. This show is probably most appropriate for ages 6 and up, but both I and my young son enjoyed it. There is a lot of slapstick humor as well as snappy writing that will appeal to various age groups.