Family Film Night: Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons DVD We just finished watching Walt Disney’s Meet the Robinsons this evening. What a cleverly imaginative movie!

Family Film Night used to be a regular tradition when we were living in Tulsa a few years back, but since we’ve been popping out babies left and right the last few years, the ritual sort of subsided.

Well, tonight we popped some popcorn, rounded up all the kids on the living room couch, turned down the lights and plopped this new animated Disney film into our DVD player.

Not knowing what the movie was about or what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. The animation and some of the character voices reminded me of The Incredibles. Not realizing it was a Disney film at first, I found parts of the scenery depicted in the “future” scenes were reminiscent of Disney World. Go figure.

At a few points I was afraid it might have been too scary for our 2 & 3 year olds to watch, but they handled it just fine. It certainly was a lot less scary than some of the other Disney animated films I’ve seen over the years.

Movie description
Based on William Joyce’s beautifully illustrated children’s book A DAY WITH WILBUR ROBINSON, this lively computer-animated Disney film follows the adventures of Lewis (voiced by Jordan Fry and Daniel Hansen), a young orphaned inventor who is determined to find his birth mother by using a “memory scanner,” a device of his own creation.

When Lewis meets a boy from the year 2037 named Wilbur Robinson (Wesley Singerman), they begin a charmingly strange time-traveling journey that involves Wilbur’s eccentric family, bowler hats bent on world domination, song-and-dance frogs, and a frustrated Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Boasting the debut of cutting-edge 3D technology, MEET THE ROBINSONS is helmed by first-time feature-film director Stephen J. Anderson, who also voices numerous characters, including the mustachioed villain, Bowler Hat Guy. (Other notable vocal actors include Angela Bassett, Tom Selleck, Adam West, Harland Williams, and Laurie Metcalf.)

ROBINSONS also marks Pixar head John Lasseter’s first outing as an executive producer on a non-Pixar movie, resulting in a film that features some of that company’s signature energy and wit, but stands on its own outside of that universe.

While ROBINSONS’ literally all-over-the-place plot can be a little difficult to follow at times, its stunning retro-futuristic visuals and amiably wacky characters easily keep viewers entertained.

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Bottom Line: My husband and I both recommend Meet the Robinsons for the whole family.

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5 thoughts on “Family Film Night: Meet the Robinsons

  1. Carrie Wigal Post author

    Hey Donna, fancy meeting you here! I hope all is well with you and yours also. How old are they now?

    I’m looking forward to getting back into weekly Family Film Nights, especially with it getting darker earlier. My kids have watched this movie about 3 times now since Saturday night. LOL.

    I’m not sure what’s on the schedule for next weekend, but I’m going to have to look for a new popcorn popper…

    The air popper we had was missing the cup that holds the butter on top. So Ty made a makeshift cup and set it on top and it tipped over. All the butter & coconut oil poured down into the popper. A big no-no, I understand. Anyway, I don’t know if it’s a good idea to continue using it since there’s a specific notice on the machine not to pour oil into the machine. It’s an old machine…it could stand to be replaced.

  2. Donna S

    Wow! That was quick. I now have two young men in high school, a 6th grader and a 3rd grader. 🙂 We sent the oldest to a small Christian school last year and number two this year. The others are still home with me.

    Family movie night is always a hit here too. We’ll be getting back into it more now that soccer is over and life is slowing down a bit. Hope you find a good popcorn popper. I don’t have one to reccommend to you.

    I wish you many more fun movie nights. 🙂


  3. Carrie Wigal Post author

    Yeah, baseball just ended last weekend for my oldest and I’m SO happy. It will be nice to wind down a little over the winter.

    Stay tuned for weekly reviews of upcoming movie nights. And by all means, if you have any recommendations, do tell!

  4. DJ Nelson

    I loved the movie. I dont remember it coming out in theaters so I wonder why it didn’t get much press because it was such a good film. Maybe it was in theaters but I wasn’t paying attention.


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