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My little lad (he's only 3 years old) is big into robots at the moment. So I've been digging around for movies for him to watch. It all started with the new movie Big Hero 6, with the brilliantly conceived cuddly robot Baymax. We then moved onto Real Steel (2011), as you can't beat some fighting robots. It even prompted me to get us a Rock 'em Sock 'em robots game off eBay. Now he's big into the animation movie Robots (2005). Anyway, all that said, I was looking for other robot related movies that a 3 year old who likes all of the above, may like.
And in my digging around I came across the Andy Kaufman movie Heartbeeps from 1981. Now I'll admit despite my extensive film knowledge, I was completely and utterly unaware of this movie. So I can't personally comment on it, as I usually would. I have watched clips on YouTube, and it came across as a weird slap-stick, oddly conceived movie, that is really neither sci-fi, "romantic comedy" as it is claimed to be, or some clever Andy Kaufman shtick that I'm missing by only seeing clips. Now I'm a fan of bad movies, but this just doesn't look bad it looks dire.
The Internet opinions on the movie are across the board, from those that love it, to those who think it is "wonderfully bad", and those who just think it should have been lost in the annals of film history. One interesting fact about the movie is that Stan Winston did the make-up. And Heartbeeps was nominated for the inaugural Academy Award for Best Make-up in 1982, losing to An American Werewolf in London. As good as the make-up may have been, it was always going to lose to American Werewolf, being one of the best in-camera make-up jobs of all-time.