Robot Dreams Review
In Pablo Berger’s Robot Dreams, a lonely dog and a robot form an unbreakable bond that teaches them about love and the unknown.
Plot: Desperate for companionship in the city that never sleeps, DOG builds a ROBOT, a friend he can grow old with. When ROBOT gets lost on the beach at Playland Park, the couple waits and dreams of their long-awaited reunion together. As days turn into months, DOG and ROBOT experience different events, changing who they are. When they get together again, will they be the same?
Review: I moved from New York to Canada seven years ago in March. Since that life-changing trip across the border to my new home, I’ve only been back to the Big Apple three times. Of the few things, other than loved ones, that I left behind, New York City shines the brightest, like the Swarovski star atop the Rockafeller Center Christmas tree. I often dream of returning, and thanks to director/writer Pablo Berger’s Dreams robotI felt what it was like to be back home and my spirits lifted along the way.
Written by Pablo Berger and Sara Varon, Dreams robot begins with DOG, a lonely dog living in Manhattan’s East Village. Spending his nights playing solitaire Pong games on an Atari 2600 and watching MTV until infomercials advertising hair spray lulled him to sleep, DOG can’t help but be long for something more. He wants a friend, someone he can eat Sabrett hot dogs with while strolling in Central Park or dance with until his hind paws hurt. One day, DOG builds a robot, a companion, someone to roller skate with and take to the amusement park. As their friendship grows, DOG and ROBOT become inseparable. That was until, on a warm summer night in the 1980s, DOG ROBOT had to be abandoned on the beach at Playland Park. With the park closed until June 1st, DOG has no choice but to bide his time until he and ROBOT are reunited. Until that day comes, they can each have an adventure and see each other in their dreams.
I would like to know if NEON checked me before I sent the offer for review Dreams robot. I say this because I know I’m an “animation expert,” JoBlo, but it’s almost as if Dreams robot it was made especially for me. I am a symbol of New York City iconography. I grew up there and remember as many days exploring the Concrete Jungle as I do swimming in Long Island Sound. Presented by Arcadia Motion Pictures Dreams robot to life through stunning 2D animation, a rare and underutilized art form from Pixar’s Toy Story CGI animation made it the gold standard. Calling every color in the visible spectrum, Dreams robot provides a Zootopia– like a metropolis containing anthropomorphic animals. The variety of citizens that pass through the World Center is amazing, showing the city’s ability to be a melting pot for humanity. Nutrition? You know what I mean.
For this New Yorker, there is nothing more tiring than seeing Hollywood visit the same sites while filming in New York City. Certain places are iconic for a reason, and I get that. However, you can’t get the feeling of visiting the five cities without going to places that people who live there like to frequent, including the bookstore The Strand, Playland Park, Greenwich Village, the Flat Iron Building, and a history-making concert. institutions like Webster Hall, Knitting Factory, and Save the Robots. Berger’s film captures the heart of the city that never sleeps and brings it to life with vibrant colors, pedestrian urgency, and an unmistakable sense of pride.
Fueling DOG and ROBOT’s emotional journey is a soundtrack by Alfonso de Vilallonga. With a dash of 80’s inspired funk, playful piano, and city sounds, Dreams robot cut loose with a collection of licensed music that will set you up for a dance party. As I followed DOG and ROBOT around town, artists such as Earth, Wind, & Fire, Buck Owens, The Feelies, Booker T. & The MG’s, and William Bell filled the air with hypnotic energy and rhythm.
One of the crowning elements of Dreams robot mirroring the emotional states of DOG and ROBOT and dreaming of each other at the same time. Before ROBOT got lost on the beach, DOG and the automaton formed a bond held together by emotional intimacy. They are not dating. They don’t sleep together. However, they often get together and are not afraid to show their commitment to each other to others. These details make the union multifaceted, so their relationship could represent a dating partnership, adding layers to their intimacy. Their closeness makes the dreams they get through the film more powerful.
In terms of dreams, Berger’s film becomes surreal by presenting several situations where DOG and ROBOT come together again. The way in which Berger and Varon pull back the curtain to tell you that you have experienced a lie is clever and challenging. The execution left me with questions about everything I experienced, shifting my sense of time and place, as anticipation of an event can often do to someone as impatient as that i can be.
While Dreams robot exploring loneliness, unity, and ideas of relationship, it is also a story about moving on. Life has many chapters, and learning to accept change is part of the journey. Without spoiling the ending, Dreams robot teaching you a valuable lesson about letting go and that it’s okay to find joy in something new. Friendship can sometimes be a revolving door, and it’s better to make peace with the unknown than cling to the past.
Like I said, NEON couldn’t have found a better sign to review Dreams robot. In the 1980s, I saw buskers playing bucket drums in Penn Station like Tool’s Danny Carrey, if he was an octopus. I flew the white Gayla Bat Kite in Central Park with my dad. After riding the Cyclone roller coaster, Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island was a regular stop. Dreams robot is a love letter to New York City and long-term and transformative relationships. The film is as close to perfection as I’ve known in my 43 years as a native New Yorker who loves animation. I will talk about this movie for the rest of the year, maybe forever.