Meet the Robinsons is a Disney animated movie about a young orphan boy, a genius with no self-confidence, who meets his future – literally
Cast of characters
- Angela Bassett (Black Panther) … Mildred (voice). The very nice lady at the orphanage. She hasn’t given up on Lewis’ adoption, even when he has. A kind, loving person.
- Daniel Hansen … Lewis (voice)
- Jordan Fry … Lewis (voice)
- Matthew Josten … Michael “Goob” Yagoobian (voice). Young Lewis’ best friend. By keeping him up all night, Lewis kept him from being the baseball star. Will Goob ever forgive him?
- John H. H. Ford … Mr. Harrington (voice)
- Dara McGarry … Mrs. Harrington / Receptionist (voice)
- Tom Kenny … Mr. Willerstein (voice)
- Laurie Metcalf … Lucille Krunklehorn (voice)
- Don Hall … Coach / Gaston (voice)
- Paul Butcher … Stanley (voice)
- Tracey Miller-Zarneke … Lizzy (voice)
- Wesley Singerman … Wilbur (voice)
- Jessie Flower … Young Franny (voice)
- Stephen J. Anderson … Bowler Hat Guy / Grandpa Bud / Tallulah (voice) (as Stephen John Anderson)
- Ethan Sandler … Doris / CEO / Spike / Dmitri / Laszlo / Fritz / Petunia (voice)
- Harland Williams … Carl (voice)
- Nathan Greno … Lefty (voice)
- Kelly Hoover … Aunt Billie (voice)
- Adam West (Batman the Movie) … Uncle Art (voice). Yes, that Adam West. Imagine if, in the future, the pizza delivery person thought of him as a superhero. You’d get Uncle Art.
- Nicole Sullivan (Kim Possible) … Franny (voice). “I am always right. Even when I’m wrong, I’m right.”
- Aurian Redson … Frankie (voice)
- Joe Mateo … T-Rex (voice)
- Tom Selleck … Cornelius (voice). The genius, who helped shape the future.
Editorial review of Meet the Robinsons, courtesy of Amazon.com
Developing positive self-esteem and persevering in the face of difficulties are fundamental parts of growing up, but when 12-year old orphan Lewis (Daniel Hansen and Jordan Fry) can’t seem to get adopted or make his inventions work despite repeated efforts, he begins to seriously doubt himself and his abilities as an inventor. A CGI picture by Disney with great animation and a fresh vision of what the future might look like, Meet The Robinsons follows Lewis from his lonesome days at the orphanage to his crushing failure at the school science fair when his newly invented memory scanner won’t work.
Then, an odd boy named Wilbur Robinson (Wesley Singerman) shows up to warn Lewis about the mysterious — Bowler Hat Guy — (Stephen J Anderson) lurking around the science fair, an evil man Wilbur claims is from the future. The next thing Lewis knows, he and Wilbur are on route to the future via time machine. Once there, Lewis meets the very quirky, extended Robinson family with whom he feels oddly at home. As the search for the Bowler Hat Man and his constant companion Doris (Ethan Sandler) becomes more and more dangerous, the Robinson family becomes crucial in keeping Lewis safe.
In the end, Lewis returns to the present with a whole new inner strength, a sense of his place in the world, the knowledge that his actions directly affect others, and an optimistic determination to — keep moving forward. — While comparisons with the Back to the Future films are inevitable, Meet the Robinsons stands apart from its predecessors as its own, thoroughly entertaining family film. (Ages 4 and older)
Included is the seven-minute 1938 short Mickey Mouse’s Boat Builder in which Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck order and assemble a do-it-yourself boat kit and launch an impressive ocean liner dubbed the — Queen Minnie. — Needless to say, hilarity reigns throughout and following the boat-building process. –Tami Horiuchi