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Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mildred (voice)
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Lewis (voice)
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Lewis (voice)
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John H. H. Ford ...
Mr. Harrington (voice)
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Mr. Willerstein (voice)
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Coach / Gaston (voice)
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Stanley (voice)
Tracey Miller-Zarneke ...
Lizzy (voice)
Wesley Singerman ...
Wilbur (voice)
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Young Franny (voice)
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Bowler Hat Guy / Grandpa Bud / Tallulah (voice) (as Stephen John Anderson)
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Doris / CEO / Spike / Dmitri / Laszlo / Fritz / Petunia (voice)
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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future | hat | bowler hat | memory | invention | See more »

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If you think your family's different, wait 'til you meet the family of the future. See more »


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Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Day with Wilbur Robinson  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£895,955 (UK) (30 March 2007)

Gross:

$97,821,064 (USA) (31 August 2007)
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Trivia

An unusual bonus on the DVD is an optional audio track that features *only* the sound effects (no dialogue or music), in 5.1 surround. See more »

Goofs

When Lewis is being chased by the Doris building in the scene "Doris' vision of the future", as he is attacked by the normal size bowler hats, the building turns to (perspective) Lewis' right. After going through the tunnel, the building has cut him off, but has come from Lewis' left side. See more »

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[first lines]
Michael "Goob" Yagoobian: Then, um, I didn't choose that one because it was gonna give me pimples so I choosed, um, another scary one cause for, um, all those years that I went for halloween I wasn't scary at all... I love baseball. It's my destiny to play that game. And I don't really care about winning. Well, like, now i do, cause, like, we've lost every game and I've gotten tired of it! I'm working like so hard, all the balls are getting thrown to me, I'm trying to catch like everyone. All of the people ...
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Crazy Credits

In the 3D version, most of the closing credits are in 2D; however, the credits for the people who created the 3D version are in 3D. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
Written by Harry Ruby and Rube Bloom
Performed by Jamie Cullum
Produced by Stewart Levine
Orchestrated by Geoff Gascoyne
Recorded and Mixed by Rik Pekkonen
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"Back to the Future" meets "The Incredibles"
31 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somewhere Walt Disney must be smiling. "Meet the Robinsons" is the perfect, unlikely marriage of manic, absurd humor, eye-popping visuals and honest-to-goodness emotional depth. It is a close cousin to the first "Back to the Future," yet it feels completely original at the same time. The 3-D animation works seamlessly within the story. It is not played for a cheesy gimmick (like, for example, "Spy Kids 3-D"...groan). In fact, it is so well integrated into the narrative that you could almost take it for granted, so it's a good thing that at the heart of "Meet the Robinsons" there is a wonderfully entertaining story. In typical Disney fashion the central character is a motherless (and in this case, fatherless) youth -- however this time it is not merely a device whose sole purpose is to leave him unencumbered to embark on his own adventure. In fact, his orphaned status and quest to find the mother that left him at the orphanage as a baby IS the point of his journey. But there's no room for sugary sap here, thanks to an almost unending stream of quirky characters and plot twists. Of course stories like this can't succeed without a great villain. In this case the filmmakers have managed to craft a bumbling villain who is simultaneously hilarious, sympathetic and just menacing enough to keep the tension going. He reminded me of Snidely Whiplash, Mack the Knife, and the magician from Rankin-Bass' "Frosty the Snowman," all rolled into one.

This movie has all the seat-of-your-pants fun of a great amusement park ride and still manages to make you (well...me) cry at the end. The deft combination of love and laughs results in a movie that stays with you well after the lights have come up, leaving you wanting more. It is rare nowadays for and entire audience of moviegoers to spontaneously burst into applause at the end, but that's what occurred when the credits began to roll for this film. "Meet the Robinsons" is loaded with enough heart, rapid fire jokes and blink-and-you'll-miss-them sight gags to make it worth repeated viewings. We can't wait for the eventual DVD release -- hopefully in 3-D. Come to think of it, we REALLY can't wait, so we're going to see it again on the big screen.


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