Starring: Angela Bassett, Daniel Hansen, Jordan Fry, Matthew Josten, John H. H. Ford, Dara McGarry, Tom Kenny, Laurie Metcalf, Don Hall, Paul Butcher, Tracey Miller-Zarneke, Wesley Singerman, Jessie Flower and Stephen John Anderson
Disney's newest CG animated film, the first under the tutelage of Pixar founder, John Lasseter, is a real winner.
Lewis, a 12 year-old orphan with bright yellow hair and big round glasses, is a kid genius when it comes to all kinds of inventions. He might blow up things and maybe one or two experiments go awry, but he's so obsessed with his tinkering that he bugs his roommate Goob and scares away prospective adoptive parents.
He comes up with a new machine that he calls the "Memory Scanner," which he hopes will transport him in time so he can find his birth mother who left him on the orphanage steps when he was a baby. He expects that he will be part of a real family, if only he can find mom.
But, every story that has a hero has to have a villain, and that role is taken by Bowler Hat Guy and his robot-like hat who plot to steal the "Memory Scanner." But, never fear, rescue comes from a stranger, Wilbur Robinson, who whisks Lewis away to the future on his flying machine as they search to find his stolen scanner. It's here that we meet the wonderfully wacky Robinson family.
The storyline is a bit complicated for little kids with confusing birth mothers and with some of the connections between the characters; but silly frogs, flying machines, interesting characters and Carl the Robot, more than make up for the limitations.
While the story mostly takes place in the future, there is something old-fashioned about Meet The Robinsons, but it appeals to all ages. The colors are bright, the action is energetic, the animation both on the flat screen and in 3D, is superior along with futuristic settings that are great. My eight year-old companion had a terrific time and so did I.