Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: March 30, 2007
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MarkB.Apr 10, 2007
Rarely has any movie--any genre, animated or not--so completely, frustratingly, maddeningly self-destructed in so many different ways after such a promising, enjoyable start. Lewis, an orphaned child who grows up to be a pre-adolescent Rarely has any movie--any genre, animated or not--so completely, frustratingly, maddeningly self-destructed in so many different ways after such a promising, enjoyable start. Lewis, an orphaned child who grows up to be a pre-adolescent would-be inventor (with a hairstyle that's probably meant to evoke Back to the Future's Doc Brown but put me more uncomfortably in mind of There's Something About Mary) builds a portable time machine in hopes of visiting the past and discovering his real parentage...until his plans get interrupted by a slightly older boy from the future who needs his help and a stereotypical, Oil Can Harry-type villainous figure looking to throw several monkey wrenches into the works. This Disney-produced CGI film's early scenes--set in Lewis's orphanage and at his school's science fair--are fun, and feature several amusing characters: an overcaffeinated teacher, a dimly self-important coach (who wears the most potentially obscene pair of shorts ever seen in a G-rated feature) and the orphanage's appealingly levelheaded director (warmly voiced by Angela Bassett). Once the time travel begins, everything falls apart. The futuristic Robinson family that Lewis encounters in his adventure is apparently three parts the Sycamore clan from Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You and two parts the Addams family; they (and this picture) suffer from the same malady that thoroughly wrecked Madagascar, Robots, Shark Tale, nearly every Simpsons episode of the last ten years and every Family Guy episode period--a willful lack of comic discipline on the part of the filmmakers and writers that allows them self-permitted carte blanche to throw every joke they came up with in script conferences (no matter how unfunny, tasteless or character-inappropriate), guaranteeing a singularly annoying moviegoing experience to be followed in three months by a DVD with no deleted scenes. Worst of all is this movie's astonishingly heartless climax, in which a peripheral character we care about is left out in the cold and the only plot element in which we had any emotional stake is cavalierly dismissed. The movie's theme, delivered with predictable sledgehammer subtlety, is to forget the past and look to the future--a philosophy the movie ascribes to Walt Disney himself--but all the brightly-colored if unimaginative design, 3-D gimmickry and the apparent eleventh-hour participation of Pixar genius John Lassiter in a futile attempt to patch this mess together doesn't change the fact that the kids in my audience (who spent a lot of Meet the Robinsons' running time chasing each other up and down the aisles and throwing popcorn) were far more interested in the vintage Mickey Mouse cartoon that preceded this. Roger Ebert once postulated that it's impossible to make a good movie that features a hot air balloon (and later admitted that he forgot The Wizard of Oz). Well, repeated viewings of It's A Wonderful Life, the Back to the Future movies, the Terminator films, Time After Time and (of course) the 1960 version of The Time Machine could convince many moviegoers that it's equally impossible to make a BAD film that features a time-travel device. No, it isn't. Expand
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ScottMNov 2, 2007
I'm a big fan of animation, (and the offspring of a long-time Disney employee), but I was especially disappointed by this film. The "plastic" (or plaster?) appearance of the characters was not at all charming, and the jokes were I'm a big fan of animation, (and the offspring of a long-time Disney employee), but I was especially disappointed by this film. The "plastic" (or plaster?) appearance of the characters was not at all charming, and the jokes were stunningly flat. I saw it on DVD, having missed the 3D theatrical release, and had to fight the urge to turn it off before it finished. Expand
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KeenanS.Oct 17, 2009
An absolutely despicable waste of time and an insult to animated cinema, Meet the Robinsons is not funny or entertaining at all, and is easily one of the ten worst films I've ever seen. I only give it a 2 because it has nice CGI An absolutely despicable waste of time and an insult to animated cinema, Meet the Robinsons is not funny or entertaining at all, and is easily one of the ten worst films I've ever seen. I only give it a 2 because it has nice CGI animation, other than that it's a horrible mess of monumental proportions. Another fantastic reason for why I have such difficulty liking these animated films. Expand
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billrullerDec 12, 2012
For a Disney film, I never felt so disappointed after seeing something like this. I mean Cars was a little bizarre and forgettable in my opinion, but this was worse. I saw this in theaters with my parents when it came out. I was around 16,For a Disney film, I never felt so disappointed after seeing something like this. I mean Cars was a little bizarre and forgettable in my opinion, but this was worse. I saw this in theaters with my parents when it came out. I was around 16, and was thinking that maybe I'm getting too old for Disney. After I saw this, I never saw it again. The characters are forgettable, the dialogue was confusing that I don't think a kid would understand word their saying. The story I will admit is pretty creative, but it doesn't hold up and feels kinda bland even if its Disney. After I saw this, I was about to give up on Disney. This movie almost made me want to avoid the surprisingly greatest ones coming after it like Up, Wall-E, Tangled, Toy Story 3, and Brave. This almost killed my Disney spirit, and its so sad to believe that would ever happen. Expand
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thecriticstrineAug 4, 2007
This movie was so bad I just about threw up on myself! It was a total disgrace to disney!
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JL8Mar 31, 2007
This movie is terrible and a disgrace to Disney. If you have any respect for classic Disney or even for yourself, DO NOT see this movie.
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