Meet The Robinsons Review Roundup

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).

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10 thoughts on “Meet The Robinsons Review Roundup

  1. whit

    This is why I don’t listen to critics. It’s silly how varied the reports are.

    I wish Disney would come out with a 3-D system that didn’t require glasses. Of course I have no idea how, but it would be nice for those of us with young children, as well as fuel the DVD sales.

  2. Danzo

    I thought it was one of the best Disney movies I”ve seen in a long time. It was fun, inventive, and in the end, gave a gentle tribute to Walt. It was preachy (which is fine)… but with a message I cannot recall seeing in any cartoon. I’ll be seeing this several times before it leaves the theater. (Note to the New York Times reviewer: Get a life. Or at least some heart).

  3. Malcom Patterson

    I went to the movie mainly because I enjoy 3D photography as a hobby. I took my two boys ages 21 and 25 and a friend. All of us enjoyed the experience. My oldest didn’t expect to like the movie and was delighted to find it extremely entertaining. I was impressed with the immersive quality of the 3D without it being overdone. The color, sound, and detail of the film was like an extended Disney ride. I will see it, again.

  4. Nymo

    NY Times Really Got To The Point.. not the point i’d say, But That Was Just Too Simple..

    San Francisco Chronicle Didn’t Seem Too Impressed By It, Either, But Still Was Better Than NY Times.. though, When The Review Starts With Some Talks About Old Disney Animation And Pixar, And Other Big Animated Movies (happy feet?), You Know This Isn’t Too Good.. And If I Recall Correctly, The Chronicle Liked ‘Chicken Little’ Better From Their Review Scale..

    anyways, I Kinda Liked ‘Robinson’ Better Than ‘Chicken’.. And After 17 Years, 17! That’s Me And Also Wilbur’s Voice Wesley Singerman’s Current Life-Span, Of Going Back And Forth On Live-Action And Animation, And What To Call It (‘get lewis’?), William Joyce’s Wild Vision Of The Future Is Finnaly Visualised..

    As For 3-4 Years Olds Watching It, The Last Show Of The Day (10.05pm) Had Some Kids In The Audience, One In Particular, Probably 4-5, Was Practically Jumping In Her Seat. And Like Past Showings (speaking of which, this was probably the least-full last-of-the-day disney digital 3d showing on a premiere day. the late showings of chicken little and nightmare had full lines outside the little digital theater, however, ‘robinson’ didn’t..) Many Kids Seemed Exited To Wear 3D Glasses..

    as for me, I’m Going To See It Again, as i did with chicken little, But I Think I’ll Be Enjoying This 2nd Time Around For ‘Robinson’ Thanks To Some Back-Tracing In The Storyline. and most likely, I’ll Get Some Merch At A Local Disney Store. That’s Just How Much I Liked It..

    that, and i want to see the ‘working for peanuts’ short.. My Theater Didn’t Show That Or The Nifty ‘Disney Digital 3D’ Logo Either..

  5. Witheld

    Absolutely the worst film ever animated by anyone. Walt Disney would be mortified. And to make it in his memory by eluding that this was somehow his philosophy adds insult to injury. The story concept could have worked if the script writers hired had talent. That’s the major flow. The script and direction are amateurish, scattered and chaotic. Judgment was extremely poor with no selectivity. It’s hard to imagine that this every got released. Why does every character have to be so bizarre (and I’m a person who embraces creativity and unusuallness). But this was beyond that. This is stream of conscioiusness. What a waste of film, time, energy and money. If it succeeds, I’ll be terribly dissapointed. Disney should be ashamed of itself.

  6. Blue Catzz

    It is funny how much people’s opinions vary about this movie. Either they love it or they hate it. I fall into the love it category. I took my four children, ages 4 – 11 with me to the movie and they all enjoyed it also. The movie’s themes of importance of family and positive thinking rang true to all of us. We highly recommend this movie to all children and their parents.

  7. WW

    I’m surprised at all the negative reviews. I usually view myself as an overly critical person but my 3-year old son and I had a great time when we watched it. I only stumbled on this blog because I was just starting to search for a screen that is still showing it so we can go back as a full family (my wife was ill when we went to see it). Some of the other reviews also complain that it was too frantic and frenzied. I guess I never noticed but given that it was my 3 yr old son’s first time at a movie theatre and he loved it, it couldn’t have been THAT hard to follow. Plus, I loved the message about failure and determination. I have to admit I’ve even thought about the movie a couple of times at my work, where all of the ideas derive from me. I’ve lost years of my life thrashing myself over minor failures. I couldn’t be happier if my son learns to be more like the character in the movie who actually celebrates his failures because he knows that he will succeed through relentless persistance – and that his successes fair better from the failures. I can’t help it – I thought it was a great movie and I can’t wait to see it again. Honestly, I don’t know how it didn’t strike a chord with everyone who has seen it.

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