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Film Review: Meet the Robinsons (). *All reviews contain spoilers* Disclaimer: This blog is purely recreational and not for profit. .. Doris to then brutally “murder” Carl by ripping through his chest with one of her pincers. And the worst part is that for 80% of the movie, we're not even IN Yep, Meet the Robinsons is actually a MUCH CLOSER and MUCH BETTER. Meet the Robinsons () tells the story of a young inventor, LEWIS, whose search (9) Back on the roof, Lewis rips pages out of his journal. Wilbur reveals then that he's from the future, but since Lewis won't believe him.
While Mildred, the owner of the orphanage, tries to find a family who will adopt the quirky youth, Lewis is focused on trying to make the world a better place with the power of his mind, creating all manner of weird and wonderful inventions to try and make routine tasks easier. Due to his age and inexperience, such failures are to be expected, but they seem to cause him a lot of confidence issues — as the film progresses, he begins to doubt his own skills and has to be convinced to keep trying by Wilbur who knows the dire consequences for the future should Lewis give up.
By the time of this film, he has become resigned and even a little cynical about his future, developing a new obsession with tracking down his birth mother in the belief that only she will ever want him. After his latest invention fails at the science fair due to the unknown interference of DorisLewis ends up meeting Wilbur, who promptly whisks him off into the future to try and fix a few things.
Needless to say, Lewis ends up betrayed, but he eventually gets out of the jam by using his wits — realising that he invented Doris, the evil bowler hat, himself, he simply resolves never to invent her, thus ending her existence and restoring order to the future.
Time travel stories are always so confusing. He thus heads back to his own time, fixes things with Goob, and successfully demonstrates his invention to the science fair judges.
Knowing that the memory scanner has to be completed in order for the family to exist, Wilbur thus races back in time to try and convince Lewis not to give up on it, but the teen quickly gets in over his head when he ends up promising the lonely Lewis that he will take him back in time to meet his birth mother if he helps him fix the second time machine and catch the Bowler Hat Guy.
Yeesh, time travel logic. As a child sharing a room with Lewis at the orphanage, Goob is a sleepy but generally quite nice kid who helps Lewis out with his inventions and has a passion for baseball two films in a row where baseball features heavily in the plot.
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The main issue Goob has with Lewis at this age is that he keeps him up every night with his obsessive nocturnal tinkering, leaving Goob in a kind of permanent insomniac trance I really relate to this kid. As it turns out, Goob ends up literally becoming his own worst enemy when he comes back to the past in his adult form and convinces his younger self not to let this incident go, encouraging him to let his hatred for Lewis fester.
Goob apparently takes this to heart, and after remaining angrily fixated on the lost game he winds up never getting adopted and left to his fate in the randomly abandoned orphanage. The adult Bowler Hat Guy is hilariously inept at his villainy and Doris is clearly the one in charge. Presumably, this means the Bowler Hat Guy version of Goob never comes to exist.
Her motivation feels too weak to be believable, and the fact that she is defeated by a quirk of time travel logic rather than a proper fight makes her even less memorable. As far as Disney villains go, Doris is certainly not one of their best. One of my favourites is Dr. Lewis never figures out who she is during his time there, only working it out when he returns to the past to fix his memory scanner.
Seeking a volunteer, he gets Lucille, and after using the device on her to recall memories of her wedding, Lewis and the audience realises who she is. One other character I liked here was that of Mildred, the woman who runs the orphanage Lewis lives at. At the end of the film, she and Lewis also share a touching farewell after he finally finds a family of his own — you can see how happy she is for him and it makes for a lovely moment. Most of the credit goes to Angela Bassett for her gentle performance; she brings a lot of heart to this minor character and made her one of the highlights of the film for me.
Before I try to dissect the gigantic Robinson family, I feel I must state this one last time — there are far, far too many characters crammed into this film. Not counting Lewis, Wilbur or Lucille, there are still twelve more Robinsons to try and remember, but only Franny and Bud are given any real attention.
The main one is that she is present as a child at the very science fair where Lewis meets Lucille, in a rather lazy coincidence. Of course, this is often a problem in time-travel stories we all remember when Marty nearly slept with his own mother in Back to the Futurebut it feels especially weird here in a Disney film. Art, Gaston and Tallulah. So lets go of the past and looks forward to the crazy but sweet family he has met in the future. Thus, he is soon adopted by a silly but nice couple, and thus starts his beginning of a brighter future.
And the film ends with a quote by Walt Disney at the end. The book is about a boy who spends a day with his friend Wilbur Robinson and meets his family and looks at all the crazy and kooky things they do.
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Disney originally got a hold of the rights to the book to adapt it into a movie, live-action at first, even bringing in Peter Jackson to direct. However, due to certain complications, the project was shelved, Peter Jackson was kicked off, and the concept for the film remained unheard of until years later, when it was decided that it would be animated with CGI. Disney used pretty much the same character designs from the book only slightly altered to fit the Disney style and even adapted the concept of the book into one particular scene in the movie, the scene where Lewis is introduced to the Robinson family.
Everything else about the film was completely made up for an original story and different purpose. In fact, this very future inspired my own cartoon style for the city that my own characters live in: And this is the kind of future I love! This is a future I would love to live in! And any actions you cause in the past can affect the future. Even the smallest little details could affect the future in a BIG way.
This is one of the many themes that Lewis, as well as the audience, learns about from the film. For the first half, Wilbur cannot tell Lewis that he is his father as it may affect his existence in the future, so he keeps trying to hide the truth from Lewis to not cause any complications.
He only keeps insisting that Lewis fixes the memory machine to help provide a future for him that could help change his life. She was created by Lewis, but he soon discovered that she was a danger to mankind, so he presumably turned her off and kept her locked away, but she found a way out and plotted vengeance. After Lewis discovers this, he straight-up addresses his plan to the Hat: So one has to consider the possible consequences of their actions in the past and how this could affect their future.
He has experienced a future that was built upon his knowledge and inventions, and it all started with the memory machine he built, which was inspired by the want of his memory of his mother, all starting at the orphanage. And he has also married someone and started a family in the future, giving birth to Wilbur.
If Lewis was never left at the orphanage by his mother and had just gone to live with her, Wilbur might have never been born nor would Lewis ever have had that same kind of family he lived with briefly. Arguably, there could have still been a bright, advanced future, but since he played a big part in creating it after being adopted, if he was never adopted, that exact same possible future would never come into existence.
If his mother decided to take him back, the future he knows of would not exist.