As promised, here's my take on Meet the Robinsons. This was one movie where the previews didn't give everything away, for which I am thankful. The movie was a delightful jaunt into an improbable future (think The Jetsons), but definitely a future kids would love to see happen. People being transported by bubbles, singing frogs ("genetically enhanced frogs"), time machines, and wise-cracking robots are all a part of the world of Wilbur Robinson. Wilbur goes back in time to retrieve Lewis, an orphan boy with a penchant for imagining and attempting to invent out-of-this world gadgets (and a wish to find his birth mom). Throw in a couple of villains (Bowler Hat Guy and a robotic hat named Doris... and just who is the brains behind that outfit?) and a plot twist and you have a fun hour and a half for the whole family. Best of all is that the moral of the story isn't hard to find. If you miss it during the movie (and I don't know how anyone could), John Lasseter (head of Disney's animation division) puts it out there in print at the end of the movie for all to see:
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”Reminds me a little bit of something a wise man named Paul once said... "forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on..."