Czech playwright Karel Capek popularized the term robot in the 1921 play R.U.R., spawning a deluge of artificial life forms in popular culture.
One of pop culture’s most accessible entry points for understanding a War on Terror is a cartoon from George Lucas.
It floated atop a garbage patch of discarded water bottles.
“Animation has always had the problem of being perceived as purely for kids,” Tartakovsky told me before Sym-Bionic Titan’s stellar launch. “I think things are better than a few years ago, but the stigma still exists.”