Meet the Robinsons

2007

Meet the Robinsons

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Meet the Robinsons is a visually impressive children's animated film marked by a story of considerable depth.

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An orphan who dreams of someday finding a family to call his own finds his fate taking an unexpected turn when a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson transports him into the future. Based on the book A Day With Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, Meet the Robinsons tells the story of a boy with a lifelong wish to belong, and shows what happens when he meets an incredible collection of characters who just might have the power to make his wildest fantasies come true. The film's all-star cast of vocal contributors -- including Angela Bassett, Kelly Ripa, Tom Selleck, Adam West, Steve Zahn, and Laurie Metcalf -- brings the world of the future to life as never before seen on the silver screen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Meet the Robinsons

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (95) | Rotten (46)

  • What might have been a bland Back to the Future rip-off suddenly hums with a screwball sensibility chockablock with singing gangster frogs and evil bowler hats.

    Apr 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
  • Whether you see this loony, feel-good comedy in 3-D or in regular vision, it's a lot of fun.

    Apr 2, 2007
  • Loosely based on a children's book by William Joyce, the film does a lot of twiddling with time.

    Mar 31, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's no doubt Disney will do it again, and perhaps better next time, but for now, it looks like technology could be its creative salvation.

    Mar 31, 2007 | Rating: B+

    Scott Tobias

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  • The first 20 minutes of this competently animated kids' adventure are entertaining enough. But thereafter, the plot fractures, the pace goes into overdrive and the jokes wear thin.

    Mar 31, 2007 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

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  • This wearisome tale of a lonely orphan who travels through time has a wacky exuberance small children will no doubt appreciate. Anyone older, though, will merely find it noisy and obnoxious.

    Mar 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

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  • Aug 06, 2018
    Rotten Tomatoes was launched 19 years ago. I don't know how long it took until it really gained a lot of steam as the place people go to get the consensus of critics on the movies they might be interested in. Not saying that RT is perfect, particularly as a website for people like me to use, Letterboxd is far more user-friendly. A lot of people don't 'trust' sites like RT and I've never understood that. Rotten Tomatoes does compile reviews and provide an average of the positive reviews, but that doesn't mean that it is the end-all, be-all. So for some people to take Rotten Tomatoes' percentages seriously is a bit silly. So what if you don't like a movie that critics liked? That doesn't mean that they're WRONG, it just means that you had an opposing viewpoint. Vice versa if you loved a movie most critics hated. The reason I bring this up in reference to this movie, I do not know. I guess what I mean to say that this film's consensus on RT has not aged well. The reason I bring this up is because the consensus suggests that the animation is impressive. Let me tell ya, brothers and sisters, that (at least in this day and age), this movie would visually impress a blind person. But that got me to thinking if, in 2007, I still would have thought that this was visually impressive and, honestly, I don't even think back then that this would look good to me. The reason I bring this up that 2007 was the same year that Ratatouille came out. Wall-E came out the year after this and both of those films blow this one out of the water in terms of animation. It's not even close. And, according to Wikipedia (another site most people don't trust), the estimated budget for this movie was $150 million. Ratatouille had a $150 million budget as well and Wall-E had $180 million budget. So, other than Wall-E, the disparity in the budget for all three movies isn't as large as I would have expected. So how do you explain this movie looking so weak? To be fair, Walt Disney Animation Studios probably doesn't have the same quality of animation artists that Pixar has and, at the same time, as genuinely surprising as this movie was, this is sort of a Disney B-team animated movie, same way Chicken Little was. By this point, Disney had already acquired Pixar and, honestly, they didn't really need this movie to prove the quality of their internal animation division. With that said, as I mentioned, this was quite a surprising movie. What I mean by that should be obvious. I liked this movie more than I probably would have expected for a movie that, again, screams B-team Disney. Also surprising in that there's not many kids' movies that tackle the theme of time travel. The only one that comes to mind right off the top of my head is Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Maybe that's because kids are stupid and they get easily confused, who knows? As far as whether I thought this was a legit good movie or not. I guess we'll see when we get to it. Story looks at this kid, who was abandoned at an orphanage when he was a baby, trying to find his mother through the use of this memory scanner device that he invented in order to get a real good look at her and, maybe, be reunited with her once and for all. Lewis (the boy) does this because every all his prospective adoptive parents, once they meet him, decide against adopting him for one reason or another. At a science fair, however, before he's meant to show off his memory scanner, he's t old by Wilbur (who's from the future) that there's another guy, in a bowler hat, also from the future, trying to steal his memory scanner for one reason or another. Blah, blah, blah. Long story short, Lewis is taken to the future, where he meets Wilbur's family. And, let me tell you, it's like a family full of insane asylum patients. As they introduce all members of the family, I legitimately thought that they were in an insane asylum with their crazy behavior. One of the members of Wilbur's family is married to a hand puppet. And they actually have children together. Like real human children. Anyway, naturally, as Lewis starts to get close to the Robinsons, he starts to feel at home and, eventually, comes to find the family that he so desperately longed for. There's a very obvious twist in that, naturally, the patriarch of the Robinsons, who are an incredibly wealthy family, is Lewis himself. Anyone with a cursory knowledge of storytelling will figure it out. But, in a way, I don't feel like there's anything wrong with that in that it provides, in a way, Lewis the knowledge that he won't be alone. The thing is that, when the returns back to his time, how he gets to the point where he becomes the patriarch of this family. The movie isn't hilarious, but it is entertaining enough. I liked the frogs that performed jazz. Bowler Hat Guy is an effectively ineffectual villain, if that makes sense. But, in my opinion, where the movie really shines is in its narrative. It's not like this is a Pixar-level narrative, but I thought the story was effective and, surprisingly, very sweet. You sympathize with Lewis since, at that age, feeling like no one wants you to be in their life could have some adverse effects. The only thing that Lewis wants is to be part of a family that wants and loves him and meeting the Robinsons, in some small way, gives him exactly what he wants, before he is told he can't stay with them. So getting to see how, when Lewis goes back to his time, how he fixes his mistakes that may have affected others negatively (without his knowledge) and meets the couple who adopt him (whom he meets in the future) is really quite lovely to see. Maybe a bit sentimental, but I feel that it works given the character of Lewis and how the only thing that he wants is a family. So where the movie 'fails' in not providing a hilarious experience, it makes up for with a surprisingly satisfying and enjoyable story. Because of that, I feel comfortable giving this movie three stars. It's a good little movie. It was never gonna change the world of animation, being a B-team level effort and all, but I think most people, particularly those who may be jaded regarding animated films not from the top studios like Pixar and some of DreamWorks, would find something to enjoy here at the very least. It's not perfect, but it's an enjoyable movie that I'd recommend if you want something a little lighter and casual,
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2016
    Not an absolutely terrible addition to the kiddies animation canon, an orphan is transported to the future in hopes of finding the family he's never had. Only for the kiddies. The writing's flawed, the charaterization weak, the plot predictable. But it's not terrible.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2014
    This computer-animated family comedy doesn't look at all as something coming from Walt Disney Animation Studios! This 47th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics was released in standard and Disney Digital 3-D version. The film is very loosely based on characters from the book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, by William Joyce, and originally had the same title as the book. The voice cast includes Jordan Fry, Wesley Singerman, Harland Williams, Tom Kenny, Steve Anderson, Laurie Metcalf, Adam West, Tom Selleck and Angela Bassett. As the fusion between Disney and Pixar occurred during the production of the film, John Lasseter became the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. When he saw an early screening for the movie, he told the director Stephen Anderson that he did not find the villain scary or threatening enough, and suggested that he make some changes. Ten months later, almost 60% of the movie had been scrapped and redone. The villain had improved and was given a new sidekick, a dinosaur chase had been added, and the ending was changed. The story of Lewis, an aspiring young inventor from an orphanage whose inventions have been scaring off potential parents, was a cute and fast paced (most of the time). He decides that his mother, who abandoned him at the orphanage as an infant, is the only one who ever truly loved him and works on a machine to scan his memory to locate her. Unfortunately, this keeps his roommate Michael "Goob" Yagoobian awake, which then causes Goob to fall asleep during an important Little League game... a real disaster, which will have impact in the future - on everybody's lives. This is a movie for the new generation of viewers, and kids love it... for me, a snappy plot that demands close attention was whizzing too fast back and forth in the space-time continuum! The story was touching on serious ideas and proposing some rather disturbing alternate realities, but everything was subject to the fast paced tempo of the time travelling. Witty story twists are handled with rare subtlety and intelligence, and there was no lack of charm, either! There was a little bit of everything for different audience, but youngsters would care only for the fast pace and the characters unique features... I enjoyed it with my family... you check it out if you haven't done that yet!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2013
    <i>Keep moving forward!</i> My first attempt to watch Meet the Robinsons was a failure. The speakers would not work efficiently and I got easily bored. But I cannot thank the good heavens enough for blessing me with the desire to try again. The second time I watched, I was able to finish the entire film. And I must say that trying again despite the obvious failure of my initial move paid off quite well. Meet the Robinsons may not be among the best animated films out there but it surely managed to move every bit of my being. To the creators of Meet the Robinsons, thank you for giving me an inspiration to never stop trying until the end and come what may.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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