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We Heart Robots

Jul 7, 2008

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Sarah Handel

Like so many, I'm sure, R2 was my first robot. As a kid (and even now!), I loved his adorable bleeps and bloops, his calm blue lights, and the funny burbles he made when displeased. I think the only other robot that caught my eye was more of a machine than a robot — the crayon-making machine featured on one episode of Sesame Street*. It made crayons! What could be cuter? Now that I think about it, I also sort of felt like Doozers were robots, too. My sister and I had wind-up ones, which may be part of the reason. Anyway, I was a little confused about what a robot was, and maybe that's because I didn't have the wealth of examples kids — and adults — have these days. Today's robot is WALL-E, star of the popular new Pixar film. The Boston Globe's Matthew Battles gets to the bottom of what makes this robot — and others — so darn huggable!

*Side note — the crayon song is amazing! Has anyone remixed it? I'm sort of surprised it hasn't turned up in a Wes Anderson film...

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