Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons is a computer-animated film and the 46th animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. In the United Kingdom, the 3D version was released on March 23. It was released in standard and Disney Digital 3-D versions in the United States and in its standard version in the UK on March 30, 2007. It is based on the characters and events in the illustrated book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, by William Joyce. The film originally had the same title as the book. The voice cast includes Jordan Fry, Harland Williams, Tom Kenny, Steve Anderson, Adam West, and Angela Bassett. The film is rated G by the MPAA.

Set in 2037, Meet the Robinsons tells the story of Lewis (Jordan Fry) - a brilliant and creative twelve-year-old orphan with a surprising number of clever inventions to his credit. However, most of Lewis' inventions don't work yet, and they get in the way of his adoption efforts because of narrow minded would-be adopters who prefer someone less creative. His latest and most ambitious project is the Memory Scanner, which lets people see their memories. The machine is supposed to help him find his birth mother so they can become a family. However, during the Science Fair where he tries to demonstrate it, the dastardly Bowler Hat Guy (Steve Anderson), a villain from the future, and his atrocious hat, DOR-15 (pronounced "Doris"), sabotage his invention.

The machine causes mayhem and Lewis runs to the orphanage roof top in frustration. While he is gone, the Bowler Hat Guy steals the invention. Lewis has all but given up hope when a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson (Wesley Singerman) whisks our bewildered hero away in a time machine and together they fly into the future. Unfortunately, Lewis gets the idea to fly through time to meet his mother, and tries to drive the time machine. Wilbur objects and they fight.

The machine crashes and breaks on the grass of the Robinsons mansion, and Wilbur convinces Lewis that he must now repair it at the Robinsons Mansion, where Lewis also meets Wilbur's eccentric family and their music band of genetically enhanced singing frogs. Lewis gets attached to the family, and they even offer to adopt them. But when it is revealed that Lewis is from the past, the family says it's impossible for them to adopt him. Lewis runs away in frustration and joins the Bowler Hat Guy.

The Bowler Hat Guy reveals that Lewis is really Wilbur's dad, a famous inventor. The Bowler Hat Guy also reveals that he is actually Goob, Lewis's roommate from the orphanage. He tells Lewis of his terrible childhood after losing a crucial baseball game by falling asleep and blames it on Lewis, who worked every night on the Memory Scanner and made it hard for Goob to get sleep. He also reveals to Lewis that Lewis himself at some time invented Doris (the hat) and then disabled it and locked it up in storage, but didn't know that the hat was still operational and escaped. The Bowler Hat Guy then locks Lewis up and then takes the Memory Scanner back to the past, where he tries to patent it and trick InventCo Inc. to mass produce hats like Doris. But the hats run out of control and the entire future (where Lewis is still locked up) changes to a dark world where the hats rule the world by mind-controlling everyone who wears them, making everyone behave like zombies.

Lewis succeeds to escape and repair the time machine just at the last moment before the hats destroy it, and goes back in time to stop the Bowler Hat guy at InventCo. He also decides there to never invent Doris, and the hat immediately dissipates into non-existence. Lewis then takes the Bowler Hat Guy with him back to the future and shows him what Doris had caused, just as the ripple effect from the past is in the process of restoring everything back to normal. The Bowler Hat Guy realizes that Doris was not really his friend, and seeks forgiveness.

The Robinsons offer to take the Bowler Hat Guy in, but he can't bring himself to be taken in and runs off. Lewis then meets his future self, and sees his amazing inventions. Lewis understands that he has to go back to the past because none of this will exist if he does not go back in time and create it, but before he goes, his wife tells him to remember that she is always right. Before taking Lewis back to where he belongs, Wilbur goes further back in time and lets Lewis see his real mother, keeping his earlier promise. After Lewis goes back to his time, he wakes Goob up at the baseball field and Goob wins the baseball game, thus granting his roommate a far happier future. He then goes back to the Science Fair and tries out his invention again. This time the memory scanner works, and he is adopted by the Science Fair judge and her husband, who he realizes are the grandparents in the future Robinsons family. Just as he finishes the demonstration, the cute girl who has a display involving frogs tells him that she is always right, and he realizes that this is his future wife, Mrs. Robinson (who in the future has genetically enhanced singing frogs), and they become friends. Lewis knows that he will have a happy future, and gains confidence to keep moving forward in life.

The movie contains some important educational messages, such as not being afraid of failures since you can learn a lot from them, "always keep moving forward", and solving problems in an enlightened way instead of through revenge.

Early reviews have been generally positive. Realmovienews stated that it has "a snappy plot that demands close attention as it whizzes back and forth in the space-time continuum, touching on serious ideas and proposing some rather disturbing alternate realities. And the witty story twists are handled with rare subtlety and intelligence. In the end it may get a little weepy and inspirational. But it's so charming that we don't mind at all". Danny Minton of the Beaumont Journal sais that "The Robinsons might not be a family you want to hang out with, but they sure were fun to meet in this imaginative and beautiful 3-D experience." And Andrew L. Urban of Australian Urban Cinefile said that "Walt Disney stood for fantasy on screen and this is a loving tribute to his legacy."

Over 600 REAL D Cinema digital 3D-equipped theaters will present the stereoscopic third-dimensional version of the film. The 3D version is preceded by the 1953 Chip and Dale 3D short Working for Peanuts. In late 2005, Disney released Chicken Little in the same process, but in only 84 theaters. According to the trade figures discussed on line and in the press, that film earned nearly three times as much per screen as the standard release and encouraged Disney to release the new film on a larger scale.

* Wilbur tells Lewis that his father looks like Tom Selleck, who happens to be the voice-actor.
o In the German version, Wilbur says his father looks like Thomas Gottschalk, who happens to be the voice-actor in this version.
o In the Latinamerican version Wilbur says his father looks like José Luis Rodríguez "El Puma".
* The Digital Disney 3-D version shows the 1953 Chip and Dale short Working for Peanuts prior to the film while the standard version shows the 1938 Mickey Mouse short Boat Builders.
* The Robinson home is located on a landscape similar to the Windows XP default wallpaper, Bliss
* The Little League team Goob plays on, the Dinos, is a reference to another of Joyce's books, Dinosaur Bob.
* Lewis's school is called Joyce Williams Elementary, an obvious reference to the original book's author, William Joyce
* At the end of the film, Lewis and his adoptive parents move into Anderson Observatory, a reference to the film's director, Steve Anderson.

Voice cast

* Wesley Singerman - Wilbur Robinson
* Tom Kenny - as Mr. Willerstein
* Aurian Redson - as Frankie the Frog
* Steve Anderson - Bowler Hat Guy, Grandpa Bud, Cousin Tallulah
* Laurie Metcalf - Dr. Krunklehorn
* Ethan Sandler - DOR-15, Uncle Fritz, Aunt Petunia, Uncle Dimitri, Uncle Spike, Cousin Laszlo
* Adam West - Uncle Art
* Jordan Fry - Lewis
* Harland Williams - Carl
* Angela Bassett - Mildred
* Nicole Sullivan - Frannie


* Music by Danny Elfman
* Executive producers John Lasseter and Clark Spencer
* Based on the book A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce
* Adaptation by Jon Bernstein
* Written by Michelle Bochner and Jon Bernstein
* Produced by Dorothy Mckim
* Directed by Steve Anderson
* CG Stereoscopic Supervision by Phil McNally

The soundtrack album was released by Walt Disney Records on March 27, 2007. Contributors to the album beyond the Danny Elfman score include Rufus Wainwright, Rob Thomas, Jamie Cullum, The All-American Rejects, They Might Be Giants, and The Jonas Brothers.

Disney's Meet the Robinsons for PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS and PC are available from Buena Vista Games.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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