Remember that kid from the movie "Where The Wild Things Are"? Max Record is his name. Wonder what he's been up to? Me neither. Turns out that he's in this short about a wealthy family that buys a robot, which the son torments so much that it pretty much goes insane.
Blinky™ from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo.
Ruairi Robinson was at one point attached to direct the Akira movie. Based on this short, I think he would have done a fine job.