Here’s a quick roundup of what people across the blogosphere are saying about Meet The Robinsons:
Broke Hoedown: there will be a real divide between those who see the film in 3D, and those who don’t. If you’re going to see it at all, you need to see it in digital 3D. Plus, that means you get to see the 1953 Donald Duck cartoon Working for Peanuts in its original 3D — for this Disney geek, that alone was worth the price of admission.
Cinematical: Disney’s Meet the Robinsons, which is just about as good a CG feature as you can get without the words "Pixar Animation Studios" emblazoned across the opening credits. (Matter of fact, I had a lot more fun with the non-Pixar Meet the Robinsons than I did with last summer’s Pixar flick Cars!)
O-Meon: If you’ve been waiting since Lilo and Stitch or TheLion King for a Disney-animated movie to come along that you, your family, and friends could build the same kind of heart warming experiences around that you had as a kid, your wait is over.
Walt Disney Pictures’ Meet the Robinsons is the best animated film to come out of the Mouse House since that studio’s fabled second golden age of animation in the early ‘90s.
iJud: The movie itself, well, Walt would have trimmed about 30 minutes from it. Not that those 30 minutes weren’t enjoyable, but they had nothing to do with the story- just nice tidbits in themselves.
And the story itself, while good, interesting, fresh, is strained in the telling- like it was a very good story in the hands of people who didn’t really know how to tell a story well- again
FPS Magazine: Meet the Robinsons is an inventive, engaging and fun film. It’s enjoyable from start to finish and with luck could herald a new age in American animation. (That’s not to say it’s perfect or an instant classic, but it’s got enough going right that the film gives us something different and special. In this day of copycat cookie-cutter films, that can’t be overlooked.) This just-released Disney movie is a rare breed of Hollywood-produced animated films. It’s not ironic, not moralistic, not a fairy tale on a grand scale; instead it’s a pure story, well thought out and executed.
Reel Opinions: What we have here is a movie with too many ideas, but nowhere near enough time to fit them all in. With Meet the Robinsons, you get the sense that filmmaker Stephen J. Anderson and his crew had a lot of inventive and funny ideas, and tried their best to squeeze them all in. The end result is a frustrating movie that seems constantly on the verge of clicking, but the tone is too scattered and chaotic for it to do so.
New York Times: “Meet the Robinsons” is surely one of the worst theatrically released
animated features issued under the Disney label in quite some time.
Orlando Sentinel: Meet the Robinsons embraces failure. This wildly eccentric
scatterbrained sci-fi farce positions itself firmly alongside the great
Walt Disney’s own willingness to accept failure in the pursuit of
excellence. And then it fails itself.
I don’t think the NY Times reviewer liked the film very much. I won’t get a chance to see it until next weekend, I think. I’d love to hear anyone’s experience with bringing a 3 or 4 year old to see the 3D version of the film. What happens if your kid doesn’t want to wear the glasses for the length of the movie? This seems to be a mortal flaw in Disney’s new technology. I feel sorry for the families that are forced to view the movie in 3D cause that’s all their local theater is playing (NYC for one).