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Wilbur, Meet the Robinsons; 6 6. Pocahontas, Pocahontas; 7 7. Rapunzel, Tangled; 8 8. Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story; 9 9. Princess Merida, Brave; 10 Timothy. Great memorable quotes and script exchanges from the Meet the Robinsons movie takes Lewis on a trip to the future to meet Wilbur's family - The Robinsons. Meet the Robinsons draws to a close with that inspiring quote from Walt Disney. Wilbur warns Lewis to keep an eye out for the sinister Bowler Hat Guy, What an absolutely wonderful movie, from the strength of the voice.
Wilbur does this with Carl, showing how he will get Lewis to restore his confidence in inventing, specifically repair the memory scanner, by getting Lewis to fix the time machine. Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Like mother, like son. A light complexion with black hair. Near the end of the film. He turns out to be Lewis's son, and since Lewis gave the Bowler Hat Guy the directions he needed to work the time machine, reality was altered. Lewis never met Franny and so Wilbur was never born.
Don't worry, he gets better. Part of said plan is to give Lewis one of these, so he will fix the memory scanner. Initially pretends to be one of these to help Lewis stay alert for the Bowler Hat Guy. What the Hell, Hero? Wilbur gets one from his entire extended family when he reveals his friend's Lewis.
Franny Robinson Voiced by: She teaches frogs music. Franny does martial arts during food fights and attacks a Tyrannosaurus rex to protect Lewis. All of the Other Reindeer: When Lewis meets Franny as kids, she makes a comment that people would call her crazy for thinking she can teach frogs to sing. Because You Were Nice to Me: The probable reason why Franny took such a liking to Lewis aka Cornelius in the first place is because he believed in her dream to teach frogs to sing, when others didn't.
She was able to teach frogs to sing for God's sake! She and Lewis met each other when they were still kids, at the science fair. Wilbur walks into young! Franny near the beginning of the film, and apparently never figures out who she is. Friend to All Living Things: Judging by her ambition to teach amphibians to not only speak, but sing as well.
Who turns out to be the older Lewis. Annoying little girl, I don't have time for this. I'm on a very important — Franny: Don't sass me, boy!
Like Parent, Like Spouse: For her future husband, Lewis. Word of God stated that Franny's body model was used for Lewis's mother as well.
As a child, Franny is able to push around Wilbur, who is much taller and older than she is. As previously mentioned, she attacked a T-Rex when it tried to grab Lewis. Franny is feisty, sweet, and was willing to adopt Lewis the first day she met him. She doesn't because he turns out to be the younger self of her future husband. Black hair and a light complexion. Wears a red bowtie in her head and red heels, she's also one of the good guys.
Implied to be this with Gaston. Single Woman Seeks Good Man: When Lewis and Franny first meet at the science fair, Franny gets lovestruck gaze after her future husband tells her he believes in her dream of teaching frogs to sing. An expert in karate and would rather teach frogs to sing then play with dolls. Cornelius Robinson Click here to see Cornelius Voiced by: He is in charge of Robinson Industries. Of Robinson Industries, the leading scientific company in the world.
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A brilliant scientist who was responsible for the inventions that led to the good future. He met his future wife, Franny, when they were both kids and at the science fair. He's this with inventing stuff.
His motto isn't "Keep Moving Forward" for nothing. A major plot point, in fact. He kept the same spiky hairstyle he had in his youth when he went by Lewis. This is the reason Wilbur kept Present! Lewis' hair covered with a hat. He has shades of this with his wife. After all, she is always right. He's pretty darn good looking, even with wearing a labcoat and his necktie.
In reality, Cornelius bares no resemblance to his voice actor. Thanks to the memory scanner, he was able to show what he could do, even owning his own company and building the inventions in them. Though having a scientist for an adopted mom probably helped matters. Harland Williams The robot butler and honorary member of the Robinson family. Towards the end of the movie, Doris kills Carl by impaling him with her arm weapon. Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Doris, when Carl and Wilbur go to rescue Lewis.
Carl is a shiny, golden robot. Carl has shown to be consistently polite and helpful. He is the least strange member of the household Pick Your Human Half: Carl is completely robot in appearance and has the character traits of a human.
To the Robinsons, but especially Wilbur. He is considered part of the family, even he's not blood related, and is treated like a Robinson. He works for the Robinsons and doesn't hide his snarky side.
Stephen Anderson Grandma Lucille Voiced by: 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. 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. What an absolutely wonderful movie, from the strength of the voice acting to its inspired, oddball sense of humor to the drop-dead gorgeous visual style to its sincerity and emotional resonance.
I also appreciated that Meet the Robinsons steps away from the traditional "believe in yourself" moral in favor of "keep moving forward". It's not subtle, no, but Meet the Robinsons delivers that message creatively instead of just bludgeoning the audience over the head with a couple of weepy monologues, and the idea of letting go of your past Very, very highly recommended.
No other studio on either high definition format has been able to match the spectacular quality of Disney's Blu-ray discs, and the 1. The image is brimming with fine detail, from the pebbled texture of the T-Rex's skin to the distinctness of each individual blade of grass on the Robinsons' front lawn.
Its colors, particularly after Lewis leaps forward into the future with Wilbur, leap off the screen. Bright, vivid, and sumptuously saturated, these are the sorts of hues that DVD could never hope to fully reproduce.
Nothing about Meet the Robinsons' razor sharp and richly textured image disappoints. As this is a direct-digital transfer, there aren't any print flaws to sneak in, and not a single compression hiccup was spotted throughout.
Though not quite as immaculate as a Pixar production, Meet the Robinsons has a gorgeous visual style that translates beautifully in high definition -- there are some shots that look lovingly painted rather than rendered on a bank of computers, and I mean that as the highest possible compliment -- and this is easily one of the most instantly striking releases I've seen on either of these next-gen formats.
Disney has included another of their 24 bit uncompressed PCM soundtracks on this disc. The sound design of Meet the Robinsons isn't as kinetic or hyperactive as a lot of the other computer animated movies I've seen over the past few years, but it's still a very strong effort. The lower frequencies are tight and punchy, and the surrounds get a fair amount of use, most aggressively in the more action-oriented sequences.
The voice acting comes through perfectly, nicely balanced in the mix against the music and whirring sound effects. The depth and clarity of the soundtrack are both outstanding, making for an overall impressive experience.
One of the most intriguing audio options is an isolated effects track -- no dialogue, no music, just sound effects. Also included are Dolby Digital 5. Almost all of the extras on this Blu-ray disc are presented in high definition. The disc opens with a set of high def plugs for Enchanted, Wall-E, and Ratatouille, but don't be quick to mash the 'title menu' button on your remote your first time through -- Enchanted kicks off with high definition excerpts of a slew of Disney animated films, leaving me even more eagerly awaiting their arrival on Blu-ray.
Director Stephen Anderson chimes in with a great audio commentary, focusing much more on the way the characters and story evolved throughout the lengthy development process rather than the nuts and bolts of production. Anderson notes his attachment to the material, being an adopted child himself, delving into everything from the way Lewis' first encounters with the Robinsons are almost like a date, side-stepping around the recording of voice actors who hit puberty while production was underway, why the two time machines look so different from one another, and using vivid primary colors, smoother textures, and rounded edges to contrast the future from the present.
The bits with the "special guest" that pops up a few times are kinda goofy, but they're short enough to not really get in the way.
Definitely worth a listen. The 18 minute making-of featurette "Inventing the Robinsons" runs through the earliest days of production, from the real-life family members that inspired A Day with Wilbur Robinson to a scrapped live-action adaptation of William Joyce's book. Headed up by Stephen Anderson, the featurette then delves into the unconventional process of Meet the Robinsons being storyboarded in its entirety and screened for the studio before getting the green light, and the footage shown gives some indication how drastically the movie changed over the years.
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I'm geeky enough to have wanted to hear more about the technical end of things, which gets kind of short thrift on the disc, but this is a solid featurette. Also presented in high definition is a reel of six deleted and extended scenes, each opening with a video introduction by Stephen Anderson and running just over twenty minutes in total.
The footage is a mix of polished computer graphics, rough black-and-white renders, and sketched storyboards, including a less effective way of dragging Lewis to the Robinsons' futuristic home, Carl the robot cowering in a closet after bumping into Lewis for the first time, the Robinsons attempting to boost Lewis' self-confidence as a budding inventor, and an alternate take on the way things are wrapped up in the movie's final moments.
It's appreciated to be able to see the way fairly small changes can dramatically improve the finished product; there are certainly some good ideas in here, but the way they were polished in the final film are a lot stronger.
Only three of the disc's extras are presented in standard definition. First up is "Keep Moving Forward: Inventions That Shaped the World", a six and a half minute piece rattling off a list of inventions like the wheel, the printing press, and the airplane, in between clips from eight hojillion Disney movies.
It's okay, but it's the type of filler they drop in between shows on the Disney Channel.