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Meet The Robinsons

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  Meet The Robinsons Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
6.67 /10
Voices: Angela Bassett, Tom Selleck, Harland Williams
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Directed by: Stephen Anderson
Written by: John Bernstein, Michelle Spitz, Don Hall, Nathan Greno, Aurian Redson, Joe Mateo, Stephen Anderson, Olivier Meyrou

Released: 2007
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 102

Lewis, a geeky, bespectacled, 12 year-old orphan with an urge to invent, is far too eccentric Ė and potentially lethal, since most of his experiments result in explosions Ė to find a family. So far heís been up for adoption 124 times, and turned down on every occasion. But one day, at a school science fair, a cocky 13 year-old called Wilbur Robinson turns up, implausibly claiming to be a time cop. Lewisís initial doubts are only partly allayed when Wilbur saves him from a mysterious, moustachioed bad guy who wears a nasty bowler-hat called Doris. Wilbur whisks Lewis into the future in a time machine.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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In this brightly coloured, hi-tech hereafter, Lewis encounters the family Robinson, who are not even slightly Swiss but are thoroughly weird. Even though the butler is a purple, one-eyed octopus and grandadís head appears to be on the wrong way round, Lewis starts to feel at home. Thatís until heís attacked by a tyrannosaurus rexÖ

The principal fault of this film is its ambition. Itís even more densely plotted than the similarly themed Back to the Future. So many characters are introduced, and at such a frenetic pace, that they will make even the most intelligent adultís head spin. Small children may be hopelessly confused.

But stick in there. All is explained by the end, in a way thatís ingenious, witty and even touching. Itís rare to find a childrenís movie that steps beyond the formulaic and tries to engage our emotions. This one does.

Meet The Robinsons contains some worthwhile life-lessons even for adults, about not dwelling on past misfortunes and injustices, and trying to move forward. And itís the most visually sophisticated comedy to have come from Disney in quite a while.

The input of executive producer John Lasseter can easily be sensed. This is not quite on the level of his very best animated efforts, such as The Incredibles or Toy Story 2, but itís not far off.

And, unlike many family films that offer up all their pleasures on a first viewing, itís worth re-seeing. It should do well in cinemas, in some of which it can be viewed in 3D; but the story is strong and the characters original enough to be enjoyed again and again on DVD.

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