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ROBOTS

Post-Production
Editing, sound design, and music were key elements of the film's post-production process. Composer John Powell, who worked on "Shrek,” "Shrek 2,” "Italian Job” and "The Bourne Identity,” created a score rich with musical elements inspired by the film's mechanical world. 

Stylized percussions from the celebrated Blue Man Group accented Powell's score, which is dynamic and edgy, yet warm and soulful. 

Music Supervisor Becky Mancuso-Winding, who pioneered this position on films such as "Urban Cowboy” and "Footloose,” also worked closely with John Powell. Mancuso-Winding selected and brought to the project several noted songs and artists, including Virgin Records recording artist Ricky Fanté, who performs the end title single "Shine,” which reflects the film's central theme of robots being able to shine no matter what they're made of. 

Also figuring prominently in the soundtrack are Fountains of Wayne's "Tell Me What You Already Did,” Steriogram's "Walkie Talkie Man,” Stacie Orrico's "More to Life,” Fatboy Slim's "Wonderful Night” and Earth, Wind and Fire's "Love Dance.” 

Supervising Sound Editor/Re-recording Mixer Sean Garnhart, who worked on ICE AGE, designed not only the sounds of the robot world, but the sounds of each character. Garnhart's ambitious sound designs complement the film's whimsical tone. "It was a great opportunity for an organic use of sound,” says Garnhart. "Even when there's no dialogue, through sound you could close your eyes and know that a specific character is on screen.” 

Although ROBOTS is set in a mechanical world, the filmmakers eschewed metallic and echo-y sounds, opting instead for a warmer feel. "If we had put a squeak or a clang on everything seen on screen, it would be cacophonous,” says Chris Wedge. "You don't want to hear every metallic jostle.” 

Another key element of the post-production process was digitally remastering ROBOTS into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. ROBOTS will be released in IMAX® theatres in addition to conventional theatres. 

This is the second IMAX DMR film release from Twentieth Century Fox, with the first being Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience” in November 2002. 

IMAX Theatres offer unequalled clarity and intensity of image as audiences experience the magic, excitement and adventure of ROBOTS on screens up to eight stories tall and 120 feet wide, and surrounded by 12,000 watts of pure digital sound. (IMAX screens are three times larger than the average 35mm screen, 4500 times larger than the average TV screen, and are as wide as an NFL football field.) 

To fully envelop IMAX Theatre-goers, the presentation is enhanced by a six-channel stereo surround system comprised of 44 custom designed speakers that extract 12,000 watts of pure digital surround sound. The IMAX Proportional Point Source loudspeaker system, specifically designed for IMAX Theatres, delivers supeber dound quality to every seat int eh theater. (For more information on IMAX, IMAX DMR technology and The IMAX Experience, please visit www.IMAX.com.) 

"ROBOTS will be nothing short of spectacular on IMAX screens,” says Chris Meledandri. "Even the test footage looked amazing. I am delighted about this association and look forward to working with IMAX to complete this special version of the picture using their unique process.” 

Through all the filmmaking magic employed by Chris Wedge and his team of writers, designers, artists, animators, and scientists, ROBOTS emerges as an event unlike any other animated picture. Its incredible world and memorable bots, though totally imagined, feel real to us. 

"Ultimately,” says Chris Wedge, "I wanted ROBOTS to look<

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