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April 10, 2007 > Meet the Robinsons-A Movie Review

Meet the Robinsons-A Movie Review

By Rajiv Samagond

Just in time for spring break comes "Meet the Robinsons," a Disney movie the whole family can enjoy. Based on the book "A Day with Wilbur Robinson" by William Joyce., it has an intriguing plot, unusual characters, and great animation effects.

Disney has aggressively advertised this movie on the Disney Channel, to lure its primary audience to theaters in the next few weeks. Select locations are showing "Meet the Robinsons" in a special "Disney Digital" 3-D format, with astounding sound effects. Unfortunately theaters equipped to include these special effects are in San Francisco and San Jose area, none in the East Bay.

The main character, Lewis, is a brilliant inventor who loves gizmos and gadgets. An orphan, Lewis is a 12-year old boy genius with low self-confidence. He has always wondered why his mother didn't want him and whether he'll find a family. To help him find his mother, Lewis has created a "Memory Scanner," that will search his memories. But before he can put his machine to the test, his invention is stolen by the Bowler Hat Guy and his diabolical hat, Doris.

Lewis has given up hope when a mysterious stranger, Wilbur Robinson, shows up from the future. Wilbur takes Lewis on a time-traveling adventure of a lifetime. He meets Wilbur's extended family the super-funny Robinsons, who help him discover his potential and also bolster his self esteem. Together they track the Bowler Hat Guy to the future and discover characters with mysterious pasts and futures! In true Disney tradition, by the end, "Meet the Robinsons" finds a way to surround the young outsider with people he loves and who love him in return.

The movie is bright and colorful with amazing computer animation and digital effects. These are especially noteworthy in the detailed, futuristic world of Lewis' travels. There are many songs in the movie, none of which are memorable.

"Meet the Robinsons" is fast paced and full of energy. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to audiences of all ages!

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