Of all the various tropes and features in movie history, few have as long a history as the robot. From cyborgs to droids to fully metallic robots, from humanoids to strange designs that can barely be described, robots have been a mainstay in film for more than 60 years. At the BB Basement, we love robots and their place in movies, and think taking a look at the history of robots in film is an important subject.
Probably the earliest well-known example of robots in film is still “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and its robotic villain Girt. Looking back at the movie today, its effects certainly don’t hold up. But the movie, released in 1951, set the stage for a tidal wave of robots and the sci-fi genre was never the same. After this, films like “Forbidden Planet” and its star Robby the Robot, and the 1953 version of “The War of the Worlds” all featured robotic characters in one way or another.