Retroist Short Circuit Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Short Circuit Podcast. On today’s show we talk all about the 1980s Sci-Fi comedy hit movie, Short Circuit. We talk about the pre-production, the writers/directors, the cast and cameos, production and much much more. While this movie does have some elements that are dated, it is still one of the best movies about a robot that gains sentience. Johnny 5 IS ALIVE!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Retro Justin

    Glad to hear a third one is in the works. Yeah, the look of Johnny 5 has to stay, because he is practically timeless, though his memory could use an upgrade from half a gigabyte to several terabytes 🙂 Perhaps they can use actual mechanics, not puppets this time. Maybe… maybe CG… Maybe..

    I agree, certain events in one’s life makes you appreciate how technical something as a robot can be.

  2. The Retroist

    It would be interesting if J5 has been asleep or turned off for 20 years and he gets revived nowadays and upgrades himself. 80s robot in the new world.

  3. Tobar

    A bit disappointed. They changed Ben’s name because in the original film it was a joke (jab it to ya). Now that he was going to be one of the main characters of the sequel they needed/wanted to change it to something more authentic. Which was perfectly fine since his last name was never mentioned in the first film, only seen in the credits. I also don’t understand the uneasiness you feel toward his character, he’s no more offensive than Apu from the Simpsons. I don’t know if really did this but Fisher Stevens even once claimed he took a trip to India to study for the roll and came back with a new respect for their culture. Political correctness scores another victim.

  4. Hot Pink Nation

    Tobar, I don’t buy that stuff about Fisher Stevens going to India to “study” his role and gained respect for their culture or whatever.

    Movie studios in the eighties weren’t this “P.C.”, they just got a white guy, painted him brown, and asked him to do a “guy from India” accent.

    If/When they remake/reboot this movie they will totally screw it up.

  5. Too true! Stevens was wonderfully awful. The problem is I dont think it occured to them at the time how ridiculous it was going to be…so if they tried to do it now they would either make the character super over the top (in a bad way) played by a white guy. Or go super PC use a real indian actor and lose that aspect of the funny! You can’t catch a falling star like Fisher Stevens…

  6. Ahh Retroist! I’m so glad you reminded me of the “Pocket Rocker”! I had one and LOVED it. But it was so long ago I forgot what it was called.

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