Meet the Robinsons: A Lost Gem in the Disney Movie Crown
|"Meet the Robinsons" (2007).|
"Meet the Robinsons" had the misfortune of coming out at a time when other studios were in the midst of phenomenal franchise runs, and in 2007 animation fans were looking forward to the release of Pixar's "Ratatouille" and kind of skipped over "Meet the Robinsons," but this is film from Walt Disney Animation Studios is well worth watching.
|Lewis working on one of his experiments.|
|Lewis is always thinking.|
|Wilbur driving Lewis into the future.|
|Lewis with the Robinsons.|
Lewis runs off but soon learns that Bowler Hat Guy is none other than his old orphanage roommate, Goob, who never got over missing the big Little League game.
|Wilbur and Lewis.|
|Bowler Hat Guy is an undeniably hammy villain.|
Wilbur takes Lewis back to the science fair, but first fulfills his initial promise and takes Lewis to see his mother. Lewis has the chance to stop her from leaving him at the orphanage, but ultimately decides to leave things as they were because he is comfortable being part of the Robinson family.
|Aurian Redson is Frankie the Frog.|
|Tracey Miller-Zarneke plays Lizzy.|
The key mistakes that Lewis ultimately fixes - not creating the unhappy Doris, and not preventing Goob from being harmed from the consequences of his scanner - help others. By so doing, Lewis ultimately helps himself. Lewis learns that it's not all just about him - and that's a terrific lesson that many grown-ups could stand to learn, too.
|The future is shown as a cool place.|
|Wilbur and Lewis make a good team.|
Part of the reason for the failure of "Meet the Robinsons" upon its initial release may have been this increased focus on older viewers, which may have alienated part of Disney's usual audience. Compared to other Disney releases of the time, the story has real wit and intelligence. This does lead to some unevenness when everything is resolved with a Hollywood ending that is inspirational to a fault and perhaps presses the morals of "Meet the Robinsons" just a bit too forcefully. Overall, for most viewers, it is a fun and enjoyable film that is easy to recommend for all but the youngest viewers.
|Bowler Hat Guy really isn't so bad.|