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Pop stars like Britney Spears made the decade's biggest pop songs that much more iconic, while The guy who plays the man for the line "Jan met another man" is Gondry himself. .. Robinson personally sought out Samgoma Edwards, the actor who played the young Jay-Z, .. (And also in the big-head-little-body thing. A page for describing Characters: Meet the Robinsons. Characters in the Present Time The main protagonist and a budding inventor. Adorably Precocious. A description of tropes appearing in Meet the Robinsons. Disney's 47th animated feature, Tiny: "I have a big head and little arms! I'm just not sure how well this.
Did you not hear what I said, you idiot? Grab the boy and bring him! Well, it's just that there's a million people over there, and I have little arms. I'm just not so sure how well this plan was thought through Now, go get that boy! Why aren't you seizing the boy? I have a big head Ugh, stupid, stupid, stupid! It Runs in the Family: And it runs in about four different actual families. Averted with Goob, whose evolution into a villain is only due to his constant dwelling on a painful event and subsequent refusal to keep doing what he loves, implied to be baseball.
Played somewhat straight with the gym teacher, but even he acknowledges Lewis' achievement in the end. Played straight when Goob loses the game by missing his catch and his teammates beat him up, calling him names.
Later averted by older Goob's schoolmates, who are nice to him and invite him to "hang out". Unfortunately, by that time, he has spent so much time pitying himself that he's become too bitter to notice when people are genuinely nice to him. It's implied that Bowler Hat Guy will be Ret Gone from existence when he saves his younger self from dropping the baseball and thus turning evil.
The way he leaves Wilbur without saying goodbye implies that he knows this and doesn't want to make a fuss about it. While "Keep Moving Forward" is clearly the moral here, it's not exactly clear if that's always a good idea. Bowler Hat Guy does this after he offers to take Lewis back to find his mom if he repairs the Memory Scanner.
Bowler Hat Guy's entire motivation for his time-traveling villainy is to ruin Lewis' life and his future as genius inventor Cornelius Robinson. At one point, the city skyline of is match-cut to a city skyline prior to the Bowler Hat Guy's attempt to present the Memory Scanner at the InventCo offices. Discussed, where Carl, before sending Lewis back in time, asks him to invent him with a more muscular design.
And it actually comes through. As mentioned above, the writers' time travel logic makes no sense when you think about it. It'd work out a lot better if the Dinosaur didn't show up again when the family said goodbye to Lewis. The very first scene has Lewis as an infant being left at Mildred's orphanage by his mother.
Towards the end of the film, the sunny, idealistic Utopian society transforms suddenly into a bleak, polluted world controlled by evil hats. From optimistic future to zombie apocalypse in five minutes and then back again, and not all at once either -- in a sweeping movement. Lewis meets up with his future self toward the end of the movie. Named by the Adaptation: In the book, the protagonist was unnamed. Well, it's a long and pitiful story, about a young boy with a dream, a dream of winning a Little League championship If I hadn't fallen asleep, I would have caught the ball, and we would have won!
It was then that I realized it wasn't my fault Never Trust a Trailer: This trailer made it seem like the film is about two intelligent inventors trying to create the greatest invention ever. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Wilbur forgets to close the garage door, and allows Bowler Hat Guy to steal one of the time machines: Wilbur, make sure you shut that door tight, or else the alarm won't engage.
I went to your house, snuck in the garage, and stole the time machine.
All thanks to that pointy-haired little kid who forgot to lock the garage door. Even Carl, the robot butler, makes reference to this incident earlier in the film: What do you mean don't go to the family? How can we not go to the family is this type of family crisis? By leaving the garage door unlocked, you let the time machine get stolen and now the entire time stream could be altered!
No Celebrities Were Harmed: When Doris pulls herself down over the eyes of one of the Robinson Industries lab assistants, his face resembles Stan Laurel's. No New Fashions in the Future: We have flying cars and robot buddies and bubblevators, but all the cool kids wear T-shirts, jeans and Converse All-Stars. Well, a few of the characters do wear Jetsons-like jumpsuits. Cousin Tallulah is a fashion designer, which explains her skyscraper hat.
Nobody Here but Us Birds Lewis: Will you quit that, please? I know you're not a pigeon! Not once but three times, when Wilbur is asked a question, he replies with "That is an excellent question!
On a fourth occasion he actually follows it up with an answer. Obsessed Are the Listmakers: Bowler Hat Guy loves checklists and is often seen ticking off items in his, such as "Steal time machine", "Ruin science fair", and "Get that [comic book swearing symbols] boy". Only Known by Their Nickname: A lot of minor characters have similar character models and even a few main character models are reused with Art's appearing in Midtown University and Franny's model also serving as Lewis' mother.
Lewis props the tyrannosaur's jaws open with a shovel. It is kinda strange that his future wife almost adopted him. When she realized the truth she became pretty squicked out about it herself too.
Pick Your Human Half: I think we all know what side Carl and the super-intelligent DOR are on. One of the more surprising ones of the last decade — Bowler Hat Guy is really Mike Yagoobian, the somewhat nice, low energy, short, slightly chubby kid Lewis shared a room with at the orphanage.
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Bowler Hat Guy since he never let one childhood trauma go and thus kept a child-like mentality. Red Eyes, Take Warning: The first time she controlled a human, Doris' eye went from green to red. Bizarrely, an in-universe example. Near the end, Lewis is about to be attacked by the evil robot hat Doris — who was angry at being locked up as a failed invention after she turned out to be renegade.
Suddenly, Lewis glares at Doris and says, "I am never going to invent you. That's right, weaponized Retcon. Wilbur is also temporarily Ret Goned. It's implied that this will happen to Bowler Hat Guy, as by stopping his younger self from dropping the fateful baseball, the evil version of himself will be erased from existence. There are Insta-Buildings in the future, skyscrapers that go from ground level to completion in literally a few seconds.
Ridiculously Successful Future Self: Founder of the future, inventor extraordinaire Cornelius Robinson Wilbur's father Cornelius Robinson is a brilliant inventor and industrialist who practically built the entire Utopian world of the future single-handedly. Both the singing frog and T.
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The Pooh mention is pretty Hilarious in Hindsightas the directors of this went on to do the Pooh film. Goob's baseball team is called the Dinos, a Shout-Out to William Joyce's book Dinosaur Bob, which is about a dinosaur who plays baseball. In the ballpark where Goob's game is being held, there is a poster of Disney's "The Jungle Book" in the background.
Art reminisces about an adventure to "the black moon of Qward". Apparently all you need to calm down Sinestro is some good meatball pizza.
When Bowler Hat Guy uses the time machine to fetch a dinosaur, it's a Tyrannosaurus rex. The Story That Never Was: Lewis Robinson discovers the far future is an ugly dystopia where humanity is a Slave Race to mechanized overlords. Strange Minds Think Alike: Happens to Bowler Hat Guy. If the CEO of a large company, a talking frog, and a T-Rex all ask you if your plan was well thought outmaybe you need to improve on your villain skills.
Bowler Hat Guy doesn't shower, doesn't even bother to think his evil plans through, and initially couldn't think of any way of revenge more effective than throwing eggs and toilet paper at the Robinson Industries sign.
One of the "to do" items on Bowler Hat Guy's list is literally "Get that [grawlixes] boy". Look at that, boys! We're almost home fr— harpoon through the chest Time Machine: There are two fully functional time machines in the whole of the film. Specifically, the Time Continuum Task Force.
It's probably best not to even start on this one, not the least of which is the main character apparently has Ripple Effect-Proof Memoryand is generally ripple effect proof entirely. Could be justified in that he built it, and could have included fail-safes to ensure that he could restore the natural order if his machines got in the wrong hands. Little Doris' last sight before being rubbed out by the frogs.
Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Morbidly obese Joe and Billie. It isn't until the start of the third act that Lewis discovers that Wilbur Robinson will be his son. When Bowler Hat Guy is recounting his backstory. Carl, the neurotic, awesome, intelligent robot butler. The Tarantino-esque Frank Sinatra singing gangster frogs.
Lizzie, the girl with the fire ant display which will only bite her enemies.
And, of course, Franny. Partly for being a super cool, adult tomboybut mostly for being drop dead gorgeous. While the movie has its rough edges, Meet the Robinsons is now looked at as the start of the "Lasseter Era" and the turning point of Disney's Dork Age.
Not so funny when you see Jurassic World when the I. Bowler Hat Guy's unicorn binder was probably meant to show that he never grew up emotionally, but as of he could be identified as a brony. The fact that several other people, all of them male, compliment him on how cool his binder is just reinforces this interpretation. Rex Bowler Hat Guy plucked from the past when it can't get at Lewis.
Upon Bowler Hat Guy chastising it for not seizing the boy, it leads off explaining why this isn't working with the line you see. The line caught on almost immediately thanks to how silly the declaration is, considering what's saying it and how it's basically kind of cursing its own anatomy.
Lauri Metcalf Uncle Art Voiced by: Adam West Uncle Gaston Voiced by: Don Hall Cousin Tallulah Voiced by: Ethan Sandler Cousin Laszlo Voiced by: Ethan Sandler Uncle Joe Voiced by: Unknown Aunt Billie Voiced by: Ethan Sandler Lefty Voiced by: Nathan Greno The rest of the unique family. When the T-Rex attacks Lewis, Billie slams its with her lifesize "toy train.
When Lewis first meets Grandpa Bud, he is hunting for his false teeth, in quintessential Robinson style. Petunia, her "daughter" Tallulah, and her "son" Laszlo.
They show their fiery nature when Petunia's children were arguing while painting the house. A few minutes later, Petunia slaps her husband. Aunt Petunia berates and smacks him around Uncle Art most of the time, Uncle Gaston when food-fighting with Franny.
You don't understand what's at stake here; Uncle Joe's seen the toast! We're past the point of no return! He is briefly shown sucking his thumb a bit later.
Franny's brothers, Gaston and Art, who all have black hair and light complexion. Implied to be this between Gaston and Franny. Played straight with Dmitri and Spike in a doorbell ringing contest.
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Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Art Framagucci is tall, muscular, has dark hair, and is quite handsome. Uncle Fritz, who seems to be the "voice" for his "wife" and puppet, Aunt Petunia. Stephen Anderson "Everyone will tell you to let it go and move on, but don't! Instead, let it fester and boil inside of you!
Take these feelings and lock them away.
Let them fuel your actions. Let hate be your ally, and you will be capable of wonderfully horrid things. He's more pathetic than villainous. Doris, on the other hand He tries to be this. He tries to serve as this to Goob, telling him to hold onto his resentment. Goob is just confused. Seems to be the inspiration for his design. Didn't Think This Through: Bowler Hat Guy's main downfall is that he doesn't think any of his plans through.
To Doris; without her assistance, he's virtually a Harmless Villain. Even Evil Has Standards: Even Bowler Hat Guy only wanted to ruin one kid's future, and never wanted to enslave humanity, as Doris ends up doing in the Bad Future. He's constantly cackling, but instead of making him menacing it highlights how ineffective and pathetic he is.
Evil Makes You Ugly: We get to see bits and pieces of him growing up from Goob to become Bowler Hat Guy - he starts out reasonably attractive, but then he starts getting lankier and spindlier from stewing incessantly in a cramped, dark room in the abandoned orphanage until he's his Dastardly Whiplash present self.
Face Death with Dignity: After going back in time and preventing himself from turning evil, he quietly leaves Lewis at the Robinson family house, knowing this version of himself will be Ret Gone from existence. The basic difference between Bowler Hat Guy and Lewis especially Lewis' future as Cornelius is the essence of the movie's moral: Lewis points this out after the Motive Rantbut Bowler Hat Guy chooses to keep blaming other people for his problems. Goob blamed Lewis for making him miss the winning ball for his team, which got him beaten up.
The loss took such a toll on him that he never got adopted and stayed in the orphanage until he hit his thirties. The director's commentary states that jealousy of Cornelius Robinson is Bowler Hat Guy's entire motivation for his villainy. Until he meets Doris, and even then he is hopelessly incompetent at being evil. When Lewis shows him the Bad Futureand of course, when his Start of Darkness is erased from history.
His attempts to pass off Lewis's invention as his own, and using Mini-Doris to make zombified slaves out of Frankie the Frog and the T-rex come across as these. At the Inventco offices: Uh, what do you hope to accomplish with this? Oh, nothing of consequence, I simply wish to You mean you haven't thought this through? Now, my slave, seize the boy! Bring him to me. Did you not hear what I said, you idiot? Grab the boy and bring him!
Frankie [in a monotonous robotic voice]: Well, it's just that there's a million people over there, and I have little arms. I'm just not so sure how well this plan was thought through Why aren't you seizing the boy? I have a big head, and little arms, I'm just not sure Ugh, stupid, stupid, stupid! Implied via Ret Gone. His and Doris's main goal is to destroy Lewis' future, which turned out utopian the first time. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! Ultimately, Doris' manipulation of Bowler Hat Guy sets off a chain of events through time travel which result in her getting erased from existence, along with what caused Bowler Hat Guy's descent in the first place.
Rather than let go of what happened and move on with his life, he chose to blame Lewis. It really didn't help that he listened to the radio, which talked about Lewis's accomplishments.