My Year Without Walt Disney Animation Studios: - Meet The Robinsons
A Day with Wilbur Robinson is a children's picture book written and illustrated by William Joyce. A film adaptation called Meet the Robinsons was released by Walt Disney Grandfather Robinson is Wilbur's grandfather who owns a band of singing frogs and is always missing parts like false teeth and a glass eye. I'll admit to not enjoying Meet The Robinsons as much as many others safer to set the future scenes yet a further generation or two forward in time, A moment with some big-band happy singing frogs still feels totally out of .. on (with only a free haircut as a kickback, with strings attached), and an insert. So eat your food in pill form, and let's talk about Meet the Robinsons. The kids from the book have the same names and haircuts in the movie, as well. People travel around in floating bubbles, Wilbur's mom trains singing frogs, he's . a scene where Lewis gives a rundown of the entire family to Wilbur.
Meet The Robinsons, then, spins its many wonders much more confidently in its second time out, not least because the fates of heroes and villains are both known up front, allowing for these extra new angles to play out as they repeat the storyline for the audience.
But in the context of the movie itself, coming as it does at the end of a powerfully charged conclusion, it seems just the right thing to be saying, even if it does still slightly feel like some kind of justification by bribe, if you will, via direct words from the man himself.
However, with all the talking animals, cars, bugs and penguins in such current fare, it feels fresh just to be able to return to good old human family values, and Meet The Robinsons gives families a very good reason to sit down together again.
Is This Thing Loaded? Before we move onto the supplements proper, we must take a moment to discuss the new Walt Disney Animation Studios logo that graces — and made its debut on — the front of Meet The Robinsons. I have to say again that it made more of an impression on me seeing it for a second time on this DVD.
As with the new Walt Disney Pictures castle logo that was introduced last year, I have to say that neither ultimately inspire the magic we usually associate with Disney Studios, and I was interested to note that the print version does indeed thicken up that D a little more.
The disc starts up with the usual force-fed Sneak Peeks, also available from their own menu, offering previews for the new reissue of Peter Pan: This actually is far from the fun it might sound, and is actually a little embarrassing: While sticking with alternate audio tracks, I was surprised to find a totally unpublicised inclusion of a full-length sound effects track, which presents the entire film sans music and vocals hidden in the Audio Options of the Set Up menu.
Meet The Robinsons – Animated Views
Surely, with the following Elfman has, any space for such an extra track would have been much better served in allowing his wonderfully unique and original music score to shine instead of a bunch of bells, whistles, crashes, whizzes and bangs? Moving into Backstage Disney, and the Inventing The Robinsons featurette provides the now customary production overview that seem to be the norm on single disc Disney DVDs.
Inventions That Shaped The World takes a six-minute look at the real life creators and developments that might have inspired Lewis himself, mixing a plethora of Disney images old and new.
A small peek at versions of scenes altered from how they appear in the final movie are among the three Deleted Scenes presented next. With introductions from director Stephen Anderson, who explains why and what was changed, the clips run for just over a seven-minute total. There are some strong lines in Arriving At The Future that could well have been kept in allowing for the change in direction towards the end of the moment, though Meeting Carl the robot was wisely shortened.
Best of all is an alternate take on Goob winning his baseball game, with a highly amusing additional line from Bowler Hat Guy that refers to his size and smarts over Lewis.
It should be pointed out that the Blu-Ray edition, for some reason, includes additional scenes. The design is fairly pleasing too, giving the right amount of coverage to each character and retaining the theatrical feel even if not the poster art verbatim. Unlike Chicken Little, which was tinkered with to produce a 3D-enhanced theatrical version after production wrapped, Meet The Robinsons was designed from the outset with the 3D presentation in mind.Meet the Robinsons - 04 - Where Is Your Heart At
A Blu-Ray disc edition is also available, promising an even higher resolution closer to the original files created by the filmmakers. The inclusion of the sound effects-only track is a curious one for a single disc release, when space might have been better employed on a DTS mix, for example, or the wished for isolated Elfman score. The Dolby Digital 5. I listed them as I figured them out, and my sister, a tremendous Meet the Robinsons fan, confirmed it every time, usually by scowling at me.
I can easily imagine the twists would be less obvious to a child, but they still work to the detriment of the movie. It sets up a weird predestination paradox thing, too.
Will he still invent Doris the Bowler Hat, knowing that it may one day escape and take advantage of a demented hobo? Wait, that actually works. Well, except for him having knowledge of future events. Pictured, left to right: There are plot holes, though, but to honest, not many. The Bowler Hat Guy is usually quite funny in how terrible he is at being a villain.
The wackiness of the family is usually dull and sometimes deeply concerning, but has a few good jokes in it. I spoke last time about the different types of bad movie, and how Chicken Little was mostly boring with occasional moments of artistically offensive. Casting is mostly okay.
Laurie Metcalf plays a hyperactive scientist, allowing her to break out of her usual generic mom roles. They have similar hair.
Wilbur is voiced by someone who sounds so much like prolific teenage voice actor Eric Von Detten that I was legitimately surprised when it turned out not to be. Bowler Hat Guy, interestingly enough, is voiced by the director, Steve Anderson.
He does a fine job, with the unfortunate happenstance that he sounds a lot like Will Forte, who would have been waaaaay better. This was my sister's face for the whole movie. Like I said, she's a fan. The animation is pretty bad, too. But still, the quality of the animation is about up to par with what Pixar was doing ten years prior. Faces are stiff and plasticky, hair is animated as solid chunks, and textures seem flat and static.
If you speak Swedish. This contains two very funny bits, one where Wilbur admits nobody knows who the people in the plants are related to. When we finally meet Cornelius, guess who provides the voice? According to the director, the wrote the joke first, and liked it so much it gave them the idea for the casting gag.
One of them an uncle?