Movie review: Meet the Robinsons

By Stacie Wieland

Grade: A- | Lewis is an orphaned boy genius whose inventions never seem to go quite right.

After being rejected for adoption by yet another family, he decides to invent a machine that will aide him in finding out the identity of his birth mother. Once the machine is finished, Lewis decides to present it at a local science fair.

While there, Lewis meets Wilbur, a kid from the year 2037, who warns Lewis to watch out for a man in a bowler hat. However, Lewis pays Wilbur’s warning no mind, and because of this, said bowler hat guy from the future steals Lewis’ machine. It is then up to Lewis and Wilbur to stop bowler hat guy’s evil plans and save Lewis’ future, which means far more than just a successful career.

“Meet The Robinsons,” based on a children’s book by William Joyce, is imaginative, complex, heartwarming and surprisingly hilarious. The story starts out a bit on the slow side as the audience is introduced to Lewis and his tragic past, but it soon picks up at an almost break-neck speed. For most films, this would be a drastic and potentially detrimental change in rhythm, but for “Meet the Robinsons,” it only enhances the overall tone and excitement.

In one sitting, the viewer is exposed to a plethora of film genres: comedy, drama, family, science-fiction, kung-fu, mob, action… the list goes on, and the best part is that every moment of the film is quality entertainment.

What’s more astonishing is that it’s Disney putting out this quality entertainment – quite the accomplishment, considering they’ve released enough mediocre or outright craptacular sequels and re-releases of “classic” Disney films to make anyone lose faith in the mouse-eared corporation. Maybe (hopefully) this film is a sign of change.

The film embraces the entire spectrum of color, with an almost Dr. Seussian approach to the look and feel of the future that can inspire a childlike fascination for people of all ages. And thankfully, celebrity voices are at an absolute minimum, which allows for concentration on the story and appreciation for the art of voice-over and not its star power.

At its core, “Meet the Robinsons” is an uplifting tale with a strong, wholesome message of stick-to-itiveness inspired by Walt Disney himself. The fact that it has an engaging storyline, smart humor, and unique characters are added, priceless bonuses.