A young boy living in the near future looks for an escape from a home with arguing parents. As a way to cope with the recent arguments from his parents he receives a robot companion that he ends up abusing.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Jenni Fontana ...
Mrs. Neville
James Nardini ...
Mr. Neville
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Blinky Performance capture
Ruairi Robinson ...
Blinky (voice)
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Infomercial Mother
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Infomercial Father
Benny Shelton ...
Infomercial Boy
Melissa Lee ...
Infomercial Girl
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Police Officer #1 (as Gary 'Skoti' Collins)
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Police Officer #2 (as Antal Trescott Kalik)
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Along with a rapid advancement in technology and robotics comes great innovation too. With this in mind, let us all welcome the revolutionary robot with a mind of its own: BlinkyTM, the state-of-the-art servant, helper and friend of a not-so-distant future. As a result, for this Christmas, young Alex will get his domestic robot in the hope of bringing his dysfunctional family together, however, when things don't go exactly as planned with one conflicting order after another, even BlinkyTM can start malfunctioning. Perhaps a warm reboot could help. Written by Nick Riganas

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Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don't worry, your kids are perfectly safe.

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Alex Neville: [as Blinky starts to stutter] Stupid fucking robot!
[turns Blinky off]
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Me and my robot
28 April 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

In the future a child is given a pet robot by his warring parents. Before long the neglected child grows tired of Blinky the robot and begins to play unkind games on it. It all ends in tears.

This was a decent enough, if unremarkable, little short. The robot is easily the best character, although the child actor is incredibly convincing as an annoying little brat. Mostly, this is a showcase for the animation of Blinky. We also get to see an unusual scene where Blinky and the boy pass by another android in the street, with a future city-scape in the distance. Although it isn't a sequence that has much relevance to the plot-line it's probably the most memorable moment in the film. As short films go though, this isn't too bad. The ending is quite amusing as well.


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