CNR 2014: Exhibition: Fred Barton (USA): Retro film robots
To this day, Mr. Barton, remains intrigued by the genre, and retains a deep seated love of automatons. Mr. Barton's personal Robot collection (which he custom built) includes museum quality, 1:1 animatronic replicas, of Robby, the Robot, B9, from the classic series, "Lost in Space", "Gort" from "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Maria" from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", the "Silent Running Drones", "Star Wars" droids, "R2-D2" and "C-3PO", "Tobor, the Great", "Robocop", "The Iron Giant", both the classic and SyFy series Battlestar Galactica Cylons, T2 and even "Dr. Satan's" robot. Perhaps all this explains why Fred Barton has become internationally known as "The Robot Man!"
A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Barton earned an MA in Film from California State University at Northridge, and, shortly thereafter, began a successful career in advertising and writing for multi-million dollar electronics companies. In 1987, Barton traded-in his "9 to 5" life, and incorporated his own, full-service production company, Fred Barton Productions, Inc., which was designed to produce original video entertainment for the cable television industry. In addition, Mr. Barton would continue to consult as a writer and producer for a wide variety of film and video production companies, ad agencies and computer software companies.
In 1996, Mr. Barton decided to fashion a profession based on his childhood love, and began designing and building Robots for profit. Noting the trend in nostalgia, movie memorabilia and full-sized movie prop replicas, Mr. Barton honed-in on the creation of science-fiction props from classic motion pictures and television shows from the 1920's to present day. Combining his personal passion for science-fiction, his unique talent for model and prop-building, and his genius for fine detail, he began producing the finest electronic, pop-culture robots ever produced anywhere in the world!
Mr. Barton and Robby, the Robot were also inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame at Carnegie Melon University. At that ceremony, Barton offered a moving tribute to the then 93 year old Robert Kinoshita, the art director who created Robby for the MGM Sci-Fi classic, "Forbidden Planet". Mr. Barton personally accompanied Kinoshita to the induction ceremony in Pittsburg from California and serves on the HOF jury.
Currently, Fred Barton Productions, Inc., is the exclusive manufacturer and licensee of "Robby the Robot" and other famous movie robots. Turner Entertainment, a Time Warner Company, which owns the rights to "Forbidden Planet", granted the Prestigious "Forbidden Planet" license to Mr. Barton, after recognizing his extraordinary, museum quality "Robby" replica, with its sophisticated computer electronics, and strong attention to craftsmanship. Mr. Barton's license of "Robby" marks the first time in its 58-year history that the legendary Robot is being made available to the public as a signed and numbered, limited edition art piece.
Mr. Barton and his magnificent Robots have been profiled by numerous national and Los Angeles-based media, including: "The Tonight Show", CNN, CBS "This Morning," "G4", "SyFy" Channel, "A&E," "The History Channel", the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, People Magazine, Wired, Playboy, Forbes FYI, Starlog, Discover, Geek, Sci-fi Universe magazines, as well as nationally on CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX news, to name just a few. He lives in California with his beautiful wife, and children, and vintage Sci-Fi movie memorabilia.
When he's not busy creating and building Robots and other amazing products, Mr. Barton remains highly active within the entertainment industry, and enjoys writing and producing. Of course, he still makes time to answer the multitudes of phone calls, correspondence and e-mail inquires he receives daily, from all over the world, about Robots past, present and future.
[image source: Fred Barton]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Fred Barton is America's ROBOTMAN. His Hollywood based company, Fred Barton Productions, Inc., is the world's leading producer of museum-quality, famous movie and television robot replicas.
Retro film robots by Fred
Selected photos of Fred Barton's production of retro film robots are displayed during Cafe Neu Romance (26-29 November 2014) at Galerie NTK.