Thursday, March 29, 2007

Meet the Robinsons

Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

**
Meet the Robinsons
Studio: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Rated: G
Website: http://www.meettherobinsons.com
Release Date: 2007-03-30
Cast: Angela Bassett, Jordan Fry, Tom Kenny, Harland Williams, Adam West
Director: Stephen J. Anderson
WorkNameSort: Meet the Robinsons
Our Rating: 2.00
Despite the occasional winning laugh line and beautiful animation, Meet the Robinsons is a disappointing outing for the Disney animation studios, primarily because the story is inexplicably dull while being needlessly complex. Time travel typically makes for solid fantasy fare, but the temporal touring done by orphaned egghead Lewis suffers from being both overexplained and uninteresting. Lewis, with his singular hairdo and affinity for building amazing gadgets, is little more than a blond, boring Jimmy Neutron doppelgänger, so we don't care much about his quest to go forward in time to go backward in time to meet his mother so he can go forward in time � see what I mean? Again, the animation is gorgeous and is accentuated by the stunning 3-D presentation available in some theaters, but without a story to back it up, it doesn't matter how many robots jump out of the screen and into your lap. (Though it must be said that 'Bowler Hat Guy� is one of the loopiest Disney villains in years.) Between the opening credits and the appended 3-D Donald Duck short from 1953, it's clear the crew behind the Robinsons intended to evoke the glory days of their studios; sadly, all they did was point out that, despite the high-powered technology at their disposal, the heart of Disney's magic has always been in the strength of the stories told.

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