51 in 2011

“Meet the Robinsons”

Meet the Robinsons

Image © Disney

“Meet the Robinsons” (2007), Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 47th animated motion picture. The film tells the story of Lewis, an orphan who invents a “memory scanner” machine that will help him remember back to the day when his birth mother brought him to the orphanage. A visitor from the future enters the scene and changes Lewis’ life forever. While the time travel concept is really cool along with the film’s singular style, I felt the “meet the family” component was crowded, disjointed, overly busy and ultimately unsatisfying (it is called “Meet the Robinsons” after all…). However, I appreciated how the film deals with its poignant themes of adoption, family, living in the present and having faith in the future. The ending makes it all worthwhile. Based on the children’s book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, written and illustrated by William Joyce, who also served as a producer on the film. “Keep moving forward.”



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