Official Prop from the Forbidden Planet film

Guest Bio

Robby the Robot is a fictional character and science fiction icon who first appeared in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. Robby is a mechanical servant that the mysterious Dr. Morbius has designed, built, and programmed using knowledge gleaned from his study of the Krell, a long extinct race of highly intelligent beings that once populated Altair IV. Robby exhibits artificial intelligence, but has a distinct personality that exhibits a (possibly unintentional) dry wit.

Robby the Robot quickly became a science fiction icon in the decades that followed and was reused or recreated in multiple TV shows. Robby was reused by MGM in The Invisible Boy (1957) and then made several further appearances in other films and TV shows during the next few decades; these include episodes of My Little Margie, The Thin Man, Columbo, The Addams Family, Lost in Space (where he battles The Robot), Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mork & Mindy and Gremlins.

Robby the Robot was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame in 2004.

Robby the Robot can be found within SVCC’s Prop Museum.