Hammerman Ikon

Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Meet the Robinsons
Director: Steve Anderson
Cast: Jordan Fry, Wesley Singerman, Harland Williams, Tom Kenny, Steve Anderson, Angela Bassett, Laurie Metcalf, Adam West, Tom Selleck, Nicole Sullivan

The 13-year-old Lewis is an orphan boy who waits to be adopted to a real family. Lewis is also an avid inventor who is swooped from the school's science fair to a time travel adventure. This disappointing Disney animation is loosely based on William Joyce's children's book A Day with Wilbur Robinson. The first half is an awful mess. The plot is confusing even for grown-ups and the characters are poorly defined. One moment the hero builds silly contraptions, the next he's a scientific genius whose latest invention is of great interest to the baffling bowler hat villain. However, it takes about an hour before we understand why. In the future, Lewis meets the family Robinson whose eccentric members are borderline creepy. And then there are the bloody singing frogs. When the twists in the space time continuum begin to add up and make sense, things improve massively, but it's too little, too late.