A Trip Into The Future Gone Wrong Disney�s Animated Take On Time Travel
�Meet the Robinsons� (2007) is the first film released by Disney after their acquisition of the award-winning Pixar studios. Like Pixar�s previous films such as �Toy Story� (1995), �Finding Nemo� (2003), and �Cars� (2006) the picture exhibits exceptional use of computer animation and it is the second Disney film to be released in both 2D and 3D formats.
�Meet the Robinsons� (2007) is the first film released by Disney after their acquisition of the award-winning Pixar studios. Like Pixar�s previous films such as �Toy Story� (1995), �Finding Nemo� (2003), and �Cars� (2006) the picture exhibits exceptional use of computer animation and it is the second Disney film to be released in both 2D and 3D formats. As Disney and Pixar�s first joint effort it combines the renowned sensibilities of both studios into one amazing family adventure that will entertain both adults and children alike.
The film�s central character is Lewis (voiced both by Daniel Hansen and Jordan Fry), a young boy whose mother abandoned him immediately after birth. Lewis was left on the doorstep of an orphanage that assigned him to literally hundreds of families, though not one would keep him. The young boy�s dream is to find his mother, but more importantly, he hopes that he can experience the love and companionship of a true family � biological or not.
Despite Lewis� difficult upbringing he is by no means intellectually stunted. As a young scientist the boy has invented numerous devices; many of them, unfortunately were failures such as his robotic peanut butter and jelly sandwich maker. His latest invention is a brain scanner that can unearth individuals� deepest, seemingly forgotten memories. Lewis hopes that the machine will help him return to his infancy and discover his mother�s identity.
The budding inventor�s morale is damaged at a school science fair, where he debuts his mind scanner. Upon demonstrating the device it explodes and Lewis is made a laughing stock of the event. However a traveler from the future, Wilbur (Wesley Singerman) arrives and informs Lewis that his project was sabotaged by the evil Bowler Hat Guy (Stephen Anderson), another visitor from the year 2037. Audiences will discover a startling fact about the villain as the movie progresses, however I will not ruin it for viewers.
Wilbur has arrived so that he may transport Lewis a few hours back in time to foil the Bowler Hat Guy�s plot to steal the memory scanner. Naturally, Lewis is skeptical that Wilbur is actually from the future and demands tangible proof before he will cooperate. Wilbur obliges and takes his companion 20 years into the future. It doesn�t take long for Lewis to realize Wilbur�s time machine may help him discover his mother�s true identity, and pleads with his time traveling friend to assist him. Wilbur is reluctant to help in this matter and both boys have a heated argument that results in the time machine�s crash.
Lewis is now stuck in 2037 and his return, and subsequent rescue of the memory scanner hinges on repairing the time machine. Wilbur is technically inept and requires Lewis� scientific know how to repair the vehicle. The two agree that the young inventor will repair the machine in exchange for returning to his day of birth to discover the identity of his mother.
Yet the Bowler Hat Guy is hot on the boys� tails, following them into the future with the intent of kidnapping Lewis so that he might repair the stolen memory machine. Amidst all of these struggles the orphan still dreams of discovering what it means to belong to a true family, and to some extent finds the answer while spending time with Wilbur�s family, the Robinsons.
�Meet the Robinsons� earned an astonishing $169 million worldwide and was well received by most critics. The picture is rated G with a runtime of 95 minutes.