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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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Stephen J. Anderson (as Stephen Anderson)

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Jon Bernstein (screenplay by), Michelle Bochner Spitz (screenplay by) (as Michelle Spitz) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bassett ... Mildred (voice)
Daniel Hansen ... Lewis (voice)
Jordan Fry ... Lewis (voice)
Matthew Josten ... Michael "Goob" Yagoobian (voice)
John H. H. Ford John H. H. Ford ... Mr. Harrington (voice)
Dara McGarry ... Mrs. Harrington / Receptionist (voice)
Tom Kenny ... Mr. Willerstein (voice)
Laurie Metcalf ... Lucille Krunklehorn (voice)
Don Hall ... Coach / Gaston (voice)
Paul Butcher ... Stanley (voice)
Tracey Miller-Zarneke Tracey Miller-Zarneke ... Lizzy (voice)
Wesley Singerman Wesley Singerman ... Wilbur (voice)
Jessie Flower ... Young Franny (voice)
Stephen J. Anderson ... Bowler Hat Guy / Grandpa Bud / Tallulah (voice) (as Stephen John Anderson)
Ethan Sandler ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day with Wilbur Robinson See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,123,781, 1 April 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$97,822,171

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$169,333,034
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carl's Voice Actor Harland Williams also voiced a robot in 20th Century Fox's Robots (2005), an animated film that's about Robots taking care of themselves without humans. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In the U.S. version, Wilbur tells Lewis that his father, Cornelius, looks like Tom Selleck, who happens to be the voice-actor. In the German version, Wilbur says his father looks like Thomas Gottschalk, who happens to be the voice-actor in this version. In the Latin American version, Wilbur says his father looks like José Luis Rodríguez "El Puma". In the Italian version, Wilbur says his father looks like Giovanni Muciaccia, the Italian Art Attack presenter, who is his voice-actor in this version. In the Spanish version, Wilbur says his father looks like Raphael. In the Japanese version, Wilbur says his father looks like Kazuhiko Inoue . See more »

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Spoofs The Black Hole (1979) See more »

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Little Wonders
Written and Performed by Rob Thomas
Produced by Matt Serletic
Recorded by Mark Dobson and David Thoener
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
String Arrangement by Matt Serletic
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Great, but a little frightening for very young children
2 April 2007 | by dslentzSee all my reviews

Was a little "ify" about taking my 5 and 2 year old daughter's to this movie. Actually was concerned that it may not hold their attention. Based on some reviews, I honestly didn't think I would care for it.

Being a huge fan of Disney's work, but seeing their young target audience erode to the digital-only studios, I was hoping they'd come back to strong story lines.

Well, Meet the Robinsons was a surprise to me. Had a great story line, extremely visually appealing, awesome voicing (I do professional voice work so have a different appreciation for this), and an all-round great movie.

The only negative thing I must say (without spoiling the movie) is that when it came down to the part of the movie where it changes and you see much more of the hat in the future (again, don't worry.. no spoiler in this info) both of my daughters were pretty frightened and jumped to my lap. The visuals and content during this part of the movie really took on a different edge (color/music changes, etc.) As far as making it to frightening, I would hate in retrospect to see it changed to be a little more "small kid friendly". I would say that it might be a much better movie for children over 7 or 8 to see. I have to say again that as an adult, I thought it was really great.

One of the features of this movie I thought was clearly outstanding was the musical composition (and songs) that Danny Elfman (Nightmare, Corpse Bride, Simpsons, and a million other compositions) did. One particular song is such an awesome, up-beat, fun song that I really hope Disney puts a push behind it to give it radio airplay. (I'm also a former radio jock in Dover, Athens, Akron, Cleveland, Denver, Fort Collins, and Madrid-Spain) Certainly Elfman has written some great and memorable music ("What's This? - Nightmare Before Christmas), but I'd have to say the music in Robinsons is some of his finest.

I'd sum this all up in saying that, like the Disney tradition, this is story with great writing, great music, a lesson to be learned, and fun in general. It might be a little too much for the very little kids (even Beauty & The Beast or Aladdin had parts that could be frightening to very little kids though). I get (and hope) that Disney stays on the course they've moved with Robinsons. It's nice to see Disney getting back to their roots for story telling, yet moving forward (Shrek-like) with their animation and modern feel.

On a side-note: Ironically, the new opening cartoon (Mikey, Donald & Goofy build a boat cartoon) was made to feel very old by Disney. Audio was clearly intentionally "warbled" (for old-time 1920's/1930's affect). It was shot in 4x4 ration (not TV's 4x3 or Cinemascope) And drawn images were full of dirt-type flaws (specs that were on their drawings and not on the lens of the camera or projector and they "jumped" throughout the short cartoon). Very tradition cartoon which traces back to the Walt Disney roots. Wondered if it hadn't been placed to really show the contrast of the original Disney and the new Disney.


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