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How did we come up with the idea to make Johnny 5?
…Let us start from the beginning.
WALL- E and Johnny 5
After finishing some home learning, my son wanted to watch a movie. He chose WALL-E, which he has probably seen fifteen times or so.
He commented that WALL- E looked similar to Johnny 5. As soon as the movie finished, he wanted to watch Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2 (of course)
I love that my son enjoys watching films from the eighties (he also likes Willow and The Goonies).
While watching Short Circuit, I randomly blurted out that it would be cool to recreate Johnny 5 out of cardboard. At the time, my son thought that this would be a good idea, so we left the conversation at that.
The following day as I was getting the cardboard out of the cupboard, our team project turned into a solo project. However, my son decided that he no longer wanted to make the robot as he was doing his own thing (creating a fidget toy). So, I started painting some of the cardboard silver and left it to dry.
I kind of left this project as I thought that my son was no longer interested in creating Johnny 5. Oh no, he was adamant that I still created it for him.
Designing Johnny 5
My son kindly watched me closely as I began drawing out and constructing the separate parts for the robot. He guided me when he felt like my design was nothing like the image in the video.
The mistake I made was that I freestyled designed oppose to accurately measuring out each cardboard section of the robot. Why was this a mistake? Because, when assembling the cardboard parts, it made it difficult to distribute the weight.
In the end, my crafty mind figured out how I could support the weight for the longest part of the robot so that it would stand upright.
The Final Design
Somehow, I managed to create something which kind of resembles Johnny 5.
Was cardboard Johnny five harder to make than I had first thought? Yes.
Did I think of where I was going to store the robot once I had made it? No.
Was my son pleased with the finished result? Yes.
Then, it was worth it.
Are you an 80s fan?
What Johnny 5 quotes can you remember from the movie?
What is your favourite eighties movie?
*The content of this post is based on personal experience and is for information and educational purposes.