This paper toy is the Robby the Robot in cube style, based on the film “Forbidden Planet“, the papercraft is designed by Richard Young. Robby the Robot is a fictional character who has made a number of appearances in science fiction movies and television programs after his first appearance in the 1956 MGM science fiction film Forbidden Planet.
Robby the Robot is a 7-foot (2.1 m) tall fictional robot originally created in the mid-1950s by MGM’s prop department. The initial design was sketched by Arnold “Buddy” Gillespie, refined by production illustrator Mentor Huebner, and then turned into reality under the direction of mechanical designer Robert Kinoshita. The robot quickly became a science fiction icon in the decades that followed.
As Dr. Morbius demonstrates in Forbidden Planet, Robby was programmed to obey Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. This plot point becomes important near the end of the film when Robby refuses to kill the “Id monster” because the robot recognizes that the creature is an alter ego/extension of Dr. Morbius. The Laws of Robotics were adapted from I, Robot, published in 1950 by Isaac Asimov.
For many years, Robby the Robot was on display at the Movie World / Cars of the Stars Museum in Buena Park, California; the museum eventually closed. Fred Barton, a robot historian, is credited with saving Robby from ruin and completely restoring him to his original state; Barton used original duplicate replacement parts made for Forbidden Planet by MGM’s prop department. Robby then became a part of film director William Malone’s collection of original Forbidden Planet props.
Robby replicas are currently on display at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington, and at the Metreon entertainment complex in San Francisco. There are, however, many Robby recreations on display in various venues. Full-sized, remote-controlled reproductions of Barton’s restoration are available from Hammacher Schlemmer or ordered directly from Fred Barton Productions, a company that manufacturers various full size movie and TV robot reproductions under license for the science fiction collectors’ market.
Forbidden Planet is a 1956 science fiction film directed by Fred M. Wilcox, with a screenplay by Cyril Hume. It stars Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, and Anne Francis. The characters and its setting have been compared to those in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and its plot contains certain story analogs. Forbidden Planet was the first science fiction film that was set entirely on another planet in deep space, away from the planet Earth. It is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s, a precursor of what was to come for the science fiction film genre in the decades that followed.
Forbidden Planet features special effects for which A. Arnold Gillespie, Irving G. Ries, and Wesley C. Miller were nominated for an Academy Award. It was the only major award nomination the film received. Forbidden Planet features the groundbreaking use of an all-electronic music musical score. It also featured “Robby the Robot”, one of the first film robots that was more than just a mechanical “tin can” on legs; Robby displays a distinct personality and is a complete supporting character in the film.
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