MEET THE ROBINSONS (2007)
the voices of
Angela Bassett, Daniel
Hansen, Jordan Fry, Matthew Josten, John H.H. Ford, Dara McGarry, Tom
Kenny, Laurie Metcalf, Don Hall, Paul Butcher, Tracy Miller-Zarneke,
Wesley Singerman, Jessie Flower, Stephen J. Anderson,
Ethan Sandler, Harland Williams, Adam West and Tom Selleck.
Screenplay by Jon
Stephen J. Anderson.
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. 102 minutes. Rated
Meet the Robinsons
Disney's Meet the
Robinsons isn't going to make anyone ever forget the classics of their
animation department, but it isn't a bad film for children. A
time-traveling movie which is loosely based on a classic book but is oddly
reminiscent of Back to the Future Part II, Meet the Robinsons
tells a cute story and flitters back and forth in time in a way that will
amuse small kids. It has lots of shiny lights and springy landscapes
and gloriously over-the-top villains.
If you don't see the
eventual twist ending coming a mile away then you probably haven't seen
any time-travel movies before – which is probably what the producers are
banking on, that their audience is too young to know the clichés of the
Meet the Robinsons
isn't quite like the Pixar animated films in the fact that they are really
not even trying to capture the adults – very few clever in-jokes to fly
over the tykes heads. It is catering completely and totally to the
small children which will make up most of it's audience.
With that in mind, for the
record, my four-year-old nephew, who mostly enjoyed the film, got a little
impatient for the eventual arrival of Tiny the dinosaur. The character
is played up a lot in the ads but doesn't show up until halfway in, has a
couple of scenes and essentially is written out of the storyline. My
nephew was also genuinely frightened by a dark section in the end which
shows an alternate future in which the world was taken over by evil robots,
so be careful about taking small children.
However, Meet the
Robinsons has a lot of cool visuals, nice lessons about the importance
of friends and family. It shows that if you work at it, you can
achieve your dreams. Not a bad message to impart to kids. (3/07)
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Posted: March 30, 2007.