Release Date: March 30th, 2007 by Walt Disney Pictures.
The Voices: Angela Bassett, Daniel Hansen, Jordan Frey, Wesley Singerman, Matthew Josten, John H. H. Ford, Dara McGarry, Tom Kenny, Laurie Metcalf, Don Hall, Paul Butcher, Tracey Millier-Zarneke, Adam West, Tom Selleck, Stephen John Anderson.
Directed by Stephen Anderson.
BASIC PREMISE: Lewis (voices of Daniel Hansen and Jordan Frey), young orphan, meets Wilbur Robinson (voice of Wesley Singerman), who takes him on an adventure into the future.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Those expecting another hilarious CGI-animated film like The Incredibles will be slightly disappointed watching Meet the Robinsons. The plot begins like a drama as a mother drops off her baby, Lewis, anonymously in front of an orphanage on a rainy night. Under the care of Mildred (voice of Angela Bassett), Lewis yearns to find his real mother. At the age of 12, in an attempt to remember her, he invents a Memory Scanner for a science fair where Lewis meets Wilber Robinson. Wilber, a mysterious boy around his age, takes him into the future in a small time-traveling aircraft. Their adventure in future involves trying to defend themselves from a villain, the creepy-looking Bowler Hat Guy (Stephen John Anderson). In a briefly hilarious sequence, they fight a rather weak dinosaur with small hands. Unfortunately, the screenplay by co-writer/director Stephen Anderson doesn’t offer enough funny characters and, instead, convolutes the second act with too many strange members of the Robinson family and singing frogs. His meeting with them seems rather brief, contrived and derivative of Back to the Future, a much more imaginative adventure. The funniest scene is when Tom Selleck’s face makes a cameo—although how many children would know who he is? Anderson does include a few interesting plot twists and keeps the action moving at an ideal fast pace for little kids. By far, the highlight of Meet the Robinsons is the superb CGI-animation in 3-D , which makes you feel quite exhilarated. If only the story had more comedy and less contrived drama.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than the importance of family and the simple message to keep moving forward.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
IN A NUTSHELL: Exhilarating animation, but the story doesn’t have enough comedy, imagination, or memorable characters.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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