|“||Phineas T. Ratchet: Great! I did just what you told me. No more spare parts. In a couple of weeks, all of these broken down losers are gonna be nothing but scrap metal! You will be up to your bloomers in broken outmode junk!
Madame Gasket: Such a good boy! And after you finish off Bigweld, there'll be nobody out there to fix them.
|~ Madame Gasket to Phineas T. Ratchet.|
Madame Gasket is the main antagonist of Blue Sky's second animated feature film Robots.
She was voiced by Jim Broadbent, who also played Lord Kelvin in Around the World in 80 Days, Wackford Squeers in Nicholas Nickleby, Boss Tweed in Gangs of New York, and Frank Butterman in Hot Fuzz. In the videogame adaptation of the film, she was voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
Madame Gasket is first seen when we're introduced to the Chop Shop. She is seen flying around on her metal wires, inspecting the establishment's production. She halts all of her bots work to tell them that it's break time, only to end it seconds later and laugh to herself. She notices her son entering and greets him. He tells her that he's done exactly as she tasked him; removing all spare parts from stores and only supplying upgrades. He tells her that all the broken down robots will soon be scrap metal, and she will be "up to her bloomers in broken outmode junk". She is delighted to hear this, and reminds him that once he finishes off Bigweld, there will be nobody out there to fix him. Ratchet is confused, asking her to repeat what she had just said. She has a sudden outburst, calls him an idiot, and tells him that it's possible that he could decide to return. He tells her that he should be no trouble where he is, and her response was to tell him to "grow some bolts". She gives him the alternative of ending up like his father, picks him up, and shows him his father being hung on the ceiling by chains (they both exchange hellos). She also tells him that there would be benefits to this, exciting him with the thought of renaming the company to "Ratchet Industries" and the city to "Ratchet City". He agrees, and they celebrate together, dancing as the camera pans upward. After their celebration she asks him if she could make him something because he looked thin. He denies, telling her he has to go, and bids both his parents a goodbye.
She is seen again later while Ratchet is being given a massage in his office. He asks the massager to scratch his back, and she is replaced by his mother, scratching him with her sharp robot finger. He is surprised to see her, and she tells him she climbed up through the vents because he knows he doesn't like anyone to see her (which left a body-shaped hole in the wall). He asks her what she wants and she tells him that someone's fixing the outmodes. She tells him that they're laughing at him, he asks who and if she's sure they're laughing at him and not with him. She says yes, and he asks her what the big deal is. She tells him to use the brains that she had stole for him so that he could conclude that this will lead to everyone thinking that it's OK to fix themselves and that they won't need upgrades, which would take Ratchet out of the picture. He tells her that he needed to find out who this is and stop him, Gasket correcting him and telling him that whoever is doing this needs to be crushed. She adds that she brought something for his desk; that being a photo in a heart frame that said "world's best mom".
After Fender was swept up in the streets, he is seen being brought to the Chop Shop and trying to be chopped by Gasket's minions. He gets caught on a spring and ends up dangling off an edge, observing Ratchet bring in his mother for a surprise. He opened up a giant door in the wall to reveal brand-new, much more destructive Sweeper bots that were ready to ship out. She hugged him and told him no mother has ever had a better son. He adds that he found out who had been fixing the outmodes, adding that he would have these chop up the perpetrator as well. They share an evil laugh when Fender got himself stuck on a gear, grabbing their attention. They go to grab him but he lets go and flies towards a chopping machine, making Gasket utter another maniacal laugh.
Gasket is later heard talking to her son on the phone. He was arguing that he had Bigweld's execution under control, just before Bigweld bust through the door.
A series of events led them on a chase which had the gang land in the chop-shop area, having Bigweld accidentally roll into it. Bigweld is seen having been put into a giant bucket, and was about to be dumped into the furnace. He told Madame Gasket she was an evil woman, responding by telling him that she tries. The machine came to a sudden stop, Gasket looking in a confused expression towards the cause. This turned out to be Rodney and Wonderbot. One by one Rodney's friends appear with the upgrades he had given them from spare parts around the Chop-Shop. Madame Gasket greets them as company, and concludes that he was the bot causing all of the trouble. She then asks who the rest of them were, Fender beginning to address her as "sir" but discussing them when she told them she was a woman. He tells her that they came there to stop her, and that she didn't stand a chance because there was one of her and seven of them. She responds with her minions revealing themselves from behind her. Fender begins counting them, becoming frustrated, and so she tells him while he's at it to count the new Sweepers, which would become operational after she dealt with them, rising into the airp on her wires as she did so. An army of allies reveals themselves, and they all charge at each other. Gasket tries to grab Rodney as he flies by on Wonderbot. During the fight, she goes to free the pipe that stopped Bigweld from falling into the incinerator, but Bigweld was being helped by Rodney to get free. Wonderbot approached her and got ready to fight her, at first falling to the ground out of nervousness but then rising back up holding a pipe. They sword-fought with pipe, traveling all over while Rodney struggled to get Bigweld free, until he finally did. Sometime later, Madame Gasket eventually gained the higher ground, knocking Wonderbot down with her pipe. Wonderbot rose back up in anger, wrapped his tentacles around her pipe, and swung her around until she was flung away. While she was being flung, Ratchet was struggling to find something to stop him from falling to the ground as the Sweeper he was on had just been knocked over. He grabbed onto Madame Gasket, and they both headed towards the furnace. She demanded he get off of him, and he jumped off upon seeing the furnace. This caused her to be pushed forward and flung inside of it, blowing her body to pieces.
Madame Gasket is the power-hungry and diabolical mastermind behind the plan to kill off "outmodes". She is shown to be a truly greedy, ruthless, hot-tempered, vituperative, psychotic and manipulative individual. She has her son named Ratchet to execute her plan by tempting him with the thought of more money and less rusty robots. It is unknown what she has against outmodes as she could easily be considered one herself due to her appearance. Madame Gasket is also the head of an underground factory called the Chop Shop, which melts down discarded scrap metal (and in some cases, outmodes who are still alive) to turn into ingots for upgrades. She has no problem with killing off other robots, as she tried to have Bigweld dumped into the Chop Shop's furnace, and having her army of robot workers to turn Rodney and the other outmodes into scrap metal.
Although she is extremely sinister, loathsome, malevolent, destructive and unscrupulous, Madame Gasket does have a soft, honest, motherly, optimistic, affectionate and delighted side, which can be seen whenever Ratchet is around (which is also her only redeeming quality). She genuinely cares for him as she gave him a framed picture of herself captioned "World's Best Mom" and praised him when he agreed to help carry out her plan. Ratchet later presented her with an army of shiny, upgraded sweepers to use for killing outmodes, much to her compassionate and enthusiastic delight. Also, shortly before her death, she told Ratchet to get off of her so he can save himself, even though she was going to die in the furnace.
Madame Gasket is a fearsome-looking robot with glowing yellow eyes and a metal unibrow. She has a claw for her right hand and a sharp, pincer-like weapon for her left. She travels on three large wheels that are hidden under the rest of her body. The top of her head appears to be some kind of motor with saw blades in it, which is always spewing out smoke. Because of her unnatural appearance, many other robots (namely Fender) mistake Madame Gasket for a man. Ratchet is embarrassed about her looks. She has a set of wires with a harness (resembling suspenders) which she uses to get around the Chop Shop.
- It is unknown why or how she became evil or why she is against outmodes, especially since she is outmoded herself.
- She is described by Chris Wedge as "a constantly disappointed, horror of a mother".
- Despite being a female, she was voiced by the British male actor Jim Broadbent.
- Though Ratchet drove the plot of the film, Gasket is the one who was behind the plot as she wanted Ratchet to take over Robot City in the first place.
- Gasket is the first antagonist of a Blue Sky Studios film who is a parent.
- Gasket is also the first female antagonist in a Blue Sky Studios film.
- Whoopi Goldberg was considered for the role of Gasket, but it was ultimately decided that Gasket would mistakenly be voiced by a man. So, Jim Broadbent was cast as the voice of Gasket.
- Gasket is so far the only villainous animated character to be voiced by Jim Broadbent.
- Even though Gasket is the main antagonist, she has only around seventeen minutes of screen-time.