Sean Olson’s family-friendly film FREDI is a whimsical story of a boy and his robot. It combines the high-stake techno-thriller with the old only-kids-can-solve-this-in trope. HINT: This is a kid’s film.
Our tale opens with Dr. Palmer (Kelly Hu) breaking into the lab where she works and steals a robotics project she’s been working on called F.R.E.D.I. (voiced by Candace Cameron Bure). Palmer is successful in stealing F.R.E.D.I. but unsuccessful in leaving the facility unnoticed from her opportunistic boss Grant (Angus Macfadyen). Just moments away from freedom, her car breaks down because of F.R.E.D.I.’s built-in EMP Pulse, but she escapes nonetheless on foot.
“…the two become fast friends. F.R.E.D.I. is programmed to protect its friend, literally like a bodyguard.”
Meanwhile, two young teens James (Lucius Hoyos) and Danny (Reid Miller) are hanging out in James’ bedroom. Danny is worried about their science project, and James is pining away about a girl. Soon James is distracted by a flash of light in his window. The light is Dr. Palmer’s disabled car and the pair watch two of Grant’s goons searching for Palmer in the field behind James’ home.
Long story short, Palmer hides F.R.E.D.I. as she escapes. James searches for what she left behind and finds F.R.E.D.I. and the two become fast friends. F.R.E.D.I. is programmed to protect its friend (i.e., James) literally like a bodyguard. It also has a few neat tricks up its sleeve, like hovering, high-altitude flying, levitating objects with its laser beam eyes, and camouflage. But James is still just a kid and he’s pretty adamant about not moving away with this father and staying with his friend Danny and a particular girl he’s interested in.
"…a whimsical story of a boy and his robot."