I’m a father of four boys, and I really do more than just watch movies. Today for instance, I went and watched my oldest son Avery play soccer, I took all four boys to the Collicut Centre for some swimming in the wave pool, and then yes, we went to a movie. Our local little cheap theatre was playing Meet the Robinsons, and seeing as it’s a Disney pic, we thought we’d try it out. I didn’t really know what the movie was about going in, but I can definitely say the movie is weird! This isn’t in a bad way however. The story is very unique, the characters are great, and the animation is pretty standard for these types of movies. Not as great as Pixar, but better than Dreamworks. There weren’t a million little ‘in’ jokes for parents referencing pop culture like the competition feels they need to include every 7 and a half minutes.
The story centers around a young orphaned boy who is a genius inventor. He is needed to help fix a time machine so the future will not be destroyed. The future sort of looked like the city in the movie Robots, but the Robinson’s home was more like the Queen of Heart’s courtyard from Alice in Wonderland. The whole theme of the movie is “Keep Looking Forward” which apparently is Walt Disney’s own personal motto – revealed in a very nice written tribute type quotation at the end.
There are a few interesting little shots (do you call scenes in an animated film a ‘shot’?). One of the last scenes of the movie zooms in on a lisence plate that has the digits: 2DBB203. I remembered the numbers and thought they must mean something. At the time I thought it must mean something along the lines of saying good-bye to 2D animation. Maybe 03 was the date of the last Disney 2D cartoon – I don’t know. I googled it but didn’t come up with much. Anyway, I thought it was cool. If you crack the code, let me know!
I’d recommend the movie, but be prepared for something much, much different than what you’re used to – both from Disney and other standard animated flicks.