Q Were those elegant, opaque creatures at the end of A.I. intended to be aliens or advanced robots? And why did the one who speaks with Haley Joel Osment sound familiar?
A Despite similarities to the extraterrestrials in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, they’re androids. ”I could see where people would get mixed up,” says F/X supervisor Dennis Muren. ”We talked to Steven about it; he said, ‘It’ll be okay.’ ” Astute listeners will note that Ben Kingsley voiced the robot — and he wasn’t the only star on the soundtrack: Robin Williams was Dr. Know; Meryl Streep, the Blue Fairy. And Chris Rock gives voice to a ”mecha” robot at the ghoulish Flesh Fair. ”I let Chris design the mecha,” notes Spielberg. ”He wanted to be a black Groucho Marx-Chris Rock mecha. He only has a couple lines, but I let him invent all of that. I just let Chris go.”