Robby the robot's prolific screen career in question


Lionel Hurst wrote to us with some concerns that we got one of the entries wrong in our survey of your 10 favourite fictional robots.

I believe you are incorrect in your assessment of the B9 robot (No.7 on the
list). This robot first appeared in the film Forbidden Planet, then in
The Invisible Boy (when it inexplicably was found in storage in the past )
Known as 'Robbie' this robot had a well developed sense of humor and
personality from the start and there is no reason not to suspect that it was
the same robot that appeared in the Lost in Space series.

We're happy to set the record straight. We're talking about two different robots here. B9 was the regular automaton on Lost in Space, although Robby appeared there twice.

Robby did indeed make his first appearance in Forbidden Planet and was later seen in The Invisible Boy, but they were only two roles in a somewhat stellar career, as MGM's prop department got its money's worth out of Robby's development costs.

Robby appeared in TV shows including episodes of The Thin Man, Columbo, The Addams Family, Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Mork & Mindy. He also appeared in Lost in Space where he battles B9 – better known on the program as The Robot – as can be seen in the video above.

  1. https://cosmosmagazine.com/special-edition-robots-and-ai/your-top-10-fictional-robots
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