In this lost film by Georges Méliès, a small wind up toy is magically brought to life by a clown. It grows to life size and pursues hijinks with the clown.
The Automaton does not have a known name but this is the first known appearance of a robot in a motion picture.
The first robot to appear in a motion picture with a "known" name is Coppelia.
1900:Coppelia ou la Poupee Animee
Also directed by Georges Méliès, Coppelia is a life size dancing doll so beautiful that a man falls in love with it.