There was a time when anything Disney I would be in theaters to see. Two things came together to keep me away from seeing Meet the Robinsons. The first was the absolutely awful reviews it received. But, in honesty, that didn’t keep me from seeing some other films. The second (and unfortunately more powerful) reason is that my daughter’s friends now wield immense power in what LatteGirl will go to see by using two words. “Boys Movie” Meet the Robinsons got that label, and she refused to see it. But going back to the trashing at the hands of the critics, I didn’t try all that hard to sway her opinion. I made that mistake with Chicken Little.
But I happened across a blog post (I unfortunately forgot where), telling about how cute this movie was.Â So, I decided to give it a spin on DVD.Â Me, LatteGirl, and a tub of popcorn.Â Now I will not kid you and say that this is another Disney Classic.Â It isn’t.Â It certainly doesn’t hold a candle to anything that has come out of Pixar in terms of storyline or graphics quality.
But what this movie is good for is fun.Â (And some people will be happy since it doesn’t use the word “hell”) It carries the moral of the story along without being so blatantly obvious.Â The characters are whimsical and likable, the gags are simple enough for kids to get, and solid enough for adults to appreciate.Â IN short, I was sort of sad that I didn’t have an opportunity to see it in the theaters… and so was LatteGirl by the time it was over.Â Does it NEED the big screen?Â No, but some things like the time machine and the dinosaur probably would have been a lot more entertaining in that format.
So what is it about?Â Lewis an orphan wants to see what his mother looked like. So he invents a machine that looks through your brain so you can see your memories. But this weird kid says he’s from the future and warns him about a guy in a bowler hat. The bowler hat guy messes with his invention and it fails. He decides that he’s a failure and no one wants him. But the kid that warned him about the guy is here on a mission to find the bowler hat guy that wants to destroy Lewis. To prove he’s from the future he takes lewis to the future. But the time machine breaks and he’s stuck in the future until he fixes it. In the meantime he spends quality time with the family. But the bowler hat guy is about to alter time and it’s up to Lewis to save the future.