Johnny 5

A cardboard Johnny 5 from the movie Short Circuit

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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).

Short Circuit

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.

Cardboard Craft

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.

silver paint on cardboard

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.

Robot Parts

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.

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Cardboard 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.

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Johnny 5 finished result

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.