A year ago we posted a concept video for a project called Bad Robot. The footage had an odd robot, sort of R2D2 by way of Pixar, dancing around for a few seconds. The director was Ruairi Robinson, who made the good short film The Silent City, embedded in the concept video link above, and was once attached to the live-action Akira.

Bad Robot hasn’t been heard from in a year. But there’s been a film called Blinky on Mr. Robinson’s IMDB page for some time. Turns out the two are one and the same. (No surprise on the name change, given that ‘bad robot’ is fully in use by JJ Abrams.) Now there’s a teaser trailer for Blinky, starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as a boy whose robot best friend might not turn out to be 100% safe. This might turn out to be a fun film – check out the footage after the break.

Bloody Disgusting pointed out the trailer and mentions Child’s Play, which was also one of the first things that came to mind when I watched this clip. The repetition of “he’s my new best friend!” works really well to create an encroaching level of dread. Can’t wait to see how Blinky ™ goes off the rails. Remember, too, the tagline mentioned when the concept footage first came up: “Soon every house will have a robot helper. Don’t worry, your kids are perfectly safe.”

We still know very little about Blinky but hopefully we’ll get more info soon. (If nothing else, we know that the early billing as a sci-fi comedy was either wrong or deliberate misdirection.) I’ve been looking for footage for some time, and this teaser is promising.

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