Get to know teams from Los Angeles, Mexico City and Chiba, Japan as they work towards the goal of taking their unique designs all the way to the highly competitive global championships. Although they are faced with overcoming challenges along the way, such as having limited resources within their community or putting everything on hold because of a world-wide pandemic, the kids persevere and learn that there is a lot more to the competition than just robots.
Editing: Jared Martin
Music: Stephanie Economou
Directors: Gillian Jacobs
Cinematography: Jerry Henry
The documentary More Than Robots introduced me to a world I never knew existed. Kids from around the globe coming together in teams to build robots and bring them to a yearly competition where the theme changes every year.
The focus of this documentary is the FIRST Robotics Competition 2020 season, which Lucasfilm sponsored as part of Star Wars: Force For Change. It’s worth noting that Lucasfilm produced the film, but I don’t think there’s a secret dark side to what’s happening here they’re failing to include because of their involvement.
Gillian Jacobs directs her first feature documentary here after working on several shorts, including a Marvel 616 episode for Disney+. She focuses on four different teams of kids from around the globe. One team in Japan, one in Mexico and two in California. One of which is the ‘TeraWatts’ which is universally seen as an underdog team with less funding than the rest of the teams which makes for the main star of the film.