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Meet the Robinsons (2007) There's a frantic, woo-woo, ding-dong, look-HERE-no-look-THERE! attention-shattering disorder to Meet the Robinsons , a new animated family comedy from Disney's wobbly CG factory. The head-banging… 2007-03-30 G PT94M Animation Kids and Family Jordan Fry Daniel Hansen Angela Bassett Adam West Walt Disney Pictures
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Meet the Robinsons (2007)

MPAA Rating: G

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FUTURE CROCK Meet the Robinsons , Disney's new time-travel flick, is sorely lacking the Pixar touch
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FUTURE CROCK Meet the Robinsons, Disney's new time-travel flick, is sorely lacking the Pixar touch
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Mar 30, 2007; Rated: G; Length: 94 Minutes; Genres: Animation, Kids and Family; With: Jordan Fry and Daniel Hansen; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

There's a frantic, woo-woo, ding-dong, look-HERE-no-look-THERE! attention-shattering disorder to Meet the Robinsons, a new animated family comedy from Disney's wobbly CG factory. The head-banging effect suggests a new category of filmmaking endeavor not previously analyzed in serious cinema journals: blind-men-and-elephant art. That's what happens when seven — seven! — screenwriters grope and stumble their way around an unmanageable story set simultaneously in the past, present, and a Jimmy Neutron future, starring a science-minded orphan kid who travels in a time machine. And in that future, he meets a family as squarely Walton-ish, in their lesson-dispensing way, as they are feverishly wacky.

In jerry-rigging a contraption from recycled parts — The Incredibles, Robots, Star Wars, maybe even old animated Alka-Seltzer commercials — the production team (helmed by Stephen Anderson, making his overmatched feature debut) doesn't know when to take a breath. So the movie weighs in on child abandonment, adoption, dangerous joyriding, failure as a mark of creativity, childhood embarrassment as a source of a vengeful adulthood, and frogs as good nightclub singers. There's also an irritating villain called Bowler Hat Guy. Under such circumstances, who knows whether the project is meant to be earnest, ironic, post-ironic, made for adults, made for kids, made to teach lessons, or made to be watched in an altered state? All or none...jeez, this thing is one bumpy ride.

Originally posted Mar 28, 2007 Published in issue #928 Apr 06, 2007 Order article reprints