Director: Stephen J. Anderson
It was a simpler time. Saturday mornings were the only time you could watch cartoons. People rented VCR’s on special occasions. And a new animated Disney film was a big deal. The story’s were fantastic, the animation breathtaking, and the voices... buckets of talent but not a recognizable name in the bunch. That’s the past, enter the present.
Walt’s cold and dead and they’re releasing crap after crap hoping the kids today are as easily entertained as they say they are.
But wait, what’s this? Could we have the slow but steady return of the mighty Disney name with Meet the Robinsons?
The screen opens with our orphaned hero, Lewis. A quirky inventor that just can’t find suitable parents. Giving up, he pours all his efforts into making a brain scanner to find his mother. But at the science fair, fiend and friend are lurking.
Enter perhaps the most important make or break character: the villain. Here played by “Bowler Hat Guy”, a fantastic Snidely Whiplash character who steals the invention. Lewis then gets picked up by Wilbur Robinson and together they hop in a time machine to go back to the future where zany family hijinks ensue.
Now, although I haven’t seen it, I must mention
that the 3-D version of this film is being touted as a masterpiece. After
countless appalling 3-D efforts being used as only a tacky ‘gotcha’
gimmicks, apparently they got it right this time. Well, 2 or 3-D, either
way it’s a better Disney.