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Meet the Robinsons (2007)

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


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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Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Day with Wilbur Robinson  »

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£895,955 (UK) (30 March 2007)


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

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Walt Disney Feature Animation wanted to assert themselves as being separate from Pixar, renaming themselves "Walt Disney Animation Studios." This is the first film to show the new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated logo, which incorporates several seconds from Steamboat Willie (1928), the first Mickey Mouse cartoon to feature sound. See more »


When Wilbur throws Lewis off the roof onto the invisible time machine, Lewis falls flat onto the glass dome, complete with hollow glass dome sound effects. When the time machine becomes visible however we see that the dome was already open and Lewis actually fell onto a chair. His limbs should have stopped falling at different levels than his torso. See more »


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The Motion Waltz (Emotional Commotion)
Music and Lyrics by Rufus Wainwright
Performed by Rufus Wainwright
Produced by Marius De Vries
Strings Arranged by Maxim Mostin
Recorded by Elliot Scheiner
Mixed by Andy Bradfield
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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 ( 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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