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RIP Bob May, but B9 lives on.
Danger, Ann Althouse! Danger!
He was only a man.Actually, two men.For me, Richard Tufeld's distinctive voice gave the robot personality, a mechanized humanity.His absence is very noticable here.
Didn't Robbie also have equal billing with Leslie Nielsen in Forbidden Planet? That movie was a pretty good Freudian-plotted Sci-Fi flick for kids in 1955. And Leslie Nielsen was a handsome leading man, believe it or not. Rest in Peace Robbie.
Yeah, Robbie the robot got more press, but Robot was my favorite.
He was only a man.The Robot reminded me of the Michelin man.
Was the robot Dr. Smith's wife? What a show. In the first episodes, the father earnestly prayed for deliverance, and by the end it was utter camp with the family was fighting giant vegetables. Tybo the Giant Carrot.
There's a family resemblance between Robby and "The Robot," only natural as they were both designed by Robert Kinoshita, but they were quite different, uh, robots. You can buy your own Robby! Only $49,999.95 from Hammacher-Schlemmer, or somewhat less from the builder (whose site is all Flash, so I can't link to a specific page). That builder also has all the other robots a person could desire, including Maria from Metropolis.
While deep in the robot trivia, it might be worthwhile to point out that Robby was in a movie, but Robbie was in print.
The Robby Robot was also reused in the Lost in Space episode "War of the Robots", where he fights B9.
Lots of good stuff in the wikipedia entry - the show actually had much better ratings then Star Trek. I guess fights with giant carrots are popular http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_in_Space
Great show and best robot ever! Thanks, Bob.
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