Meet The Robinsons
Review by Jack Foley
THE central theme behind Disney’s latest animated adventure Meet The Robinsons is “keep moving forward”. After watching it, viewers may be praying for a return to more traditional values.
Steve Anderson’s film looks terrific but it’s needlessly complex, overloaded with unnecessary characters and ultimately underwhelms.
It’s not helped by the fact that the distributors have chosen to add a Mickey Mouse short from the archives before the film that entertains more in five minutes than the Robinson family does in just under 90.
The story follows the fortunes of Lewis, an orphaned boy genius with a passion for inventing who longs to be reunited with the family he never knew.
Depressed after the apparent failure of his latest invention, a memory scanner, Lewis is approached by a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, who whisks him away to the future in order to recover the scanner from the devious Bowler Hat Guy.
There, he meets an incredible assortment of characters and a family beyond his wildest imagination, The Robinsons, who help him to rediscover his zest for inventing and lead him towards some heartfelt discoveries.
The main problem with Anderson’s film is that it feels too much like a stop-gap in the continued development of Disney’s animation department.
There’s so much going on visually that too little attention is paid to the characters, few of whom register strongly as a result.
The Robinsons simply aren’t given the screen-time they merit and the vocal talents of performers such as Tom Selleck, Adam West and Laurie Metcalf are wasted.
The visuals are strong enough to keep younger viewers enthralled but they pale by comparison to standard-bearers Pixar and sometimes seem borrowed from Robots as well.
And Anderson is a little to pre-occupied with introducing new characters at every opportunity rather than really driving the plot forward and keeping on top of things.
Come the mission statement at the end, when Disney pledge to continue moving forward like the characters in the film, audiences may be pining for the return of Mickey Mouse, Goofy and co and some more traditional values. A disappointment.
Running time: 101mins