Today Cartoon Country looks at Disney’s Meet the Robinsons (a very underrated film in my opinion), specifically the movie’s second act, where junior time traveler Wilbur Robinson takes boy inventor Lewis to the distant year 2037, where he meets Wilbur’s kooky family and is flung headlong into wacky antics.
Several folks I’ve talked to think that act 2 of the movie dragged a bit, but personally it was one of my favorite parts of the movie. It was one of the few times that Disney has attempted Looney Tunes style humor and it went off effectively.
The Robinson clan is a unique bunch to be sure, and there are a LOT of relatives present, who flit by quickly, so it’s admittedly hard to keep track of them all.
Trivia Time: In the book, Tallulah was Wilbur’s sister, not his cousin like in the movie.
Heck, I’ll just let Lewis himself count them off. Just don’t ask about the hat.
Got that? Good, ’cause I’m not gonna repeat it. Now more shenanigans:
(Is it just me, or is Franny kind of hot? Aaaaaaaaanyway….)
I can’t be the only one who thinks that this would make a cool TV series. It’d basically be Futurama meets The Banana Splits. Sure, a few things would have to be tweaked here and there: there are too many extraneous Robinson relatives floating around; an easy solution to that would be to no longer have the extended relatives reside in the mansion, just have them come visit whenever a plot or a gag calls for them. Also, Lewis couldn’t be a regular on a hypothetical Meet the Robinsons series for obvious reasons (which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen the film), but I have a solution for that as well: to fill in the role of Wilbur’s best friend…
I’d definitely watch a cartoon like this, as long as the fruit hat stays in the picture.
2 thoughts on “Cartoon Country: Meet the Robinsons, Act 2”
“What does Cornelius look like?”
So, live-action actors exist in this universe? Does that mean famous people like Tom Hanks, Peter Lorre, and Frank Langella just walk around looking like every day people, and no one gets freaked out by it? Is every actor in this world live-action, while average normal people are animated? Now my head hurts!
Anyway, nice to see someone else remembers Meet the Robinsons. It’s not my favorite Disney movie, but there were some pretty good moments in it, and it’s a shame even Disney has forgotten about it.
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I just figured that the rel-life celebrities would just look they way they did in the “South Park” episode “Tom’s Rhinoplasty” with the photographed heads on cartoon bodies. That doesn’t make it any less weird, but still…
In any case, I agree about “Meet the Robinsons”. It was an underrated movie and among the few times that Disney attempted Looney Tunes style humor and succeeded.