The humour is a little hit and miss though, bordering on the surreal in some parts, and falling into rudimentary slapstick in others. Perhaps the best example of the middle ground is a completely throwaway one-two joke:
“Hey why’s your dog wearing glasses?”
“Because his insurance won’t pay for contacts!” Ba-da boom, dush, pull a funny face, and you’re outta here.
That said, Meet the Robinsons is very sweet-natured, and lives up to its obvious morality (it’s a Disney movie, after all). Also the typical hidden gems are there. Look out for quick cameos and references to other Disney/Pixar films
The movie is the debut feature for Disney’s re-activated in-house animation studio. It’s a fair success, and gets the House of Mouse back on track when it comes to modern family features. This is a film that takes what Pixar taught Disney, and cuts out the sugary fairy-tale sentimentalities of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and the like. It’s a nod in many respects to the legacy of the old man Walt. As if to say: “We lost our way there for a while, old man, but we’re back on it now.”
And they are. Perhaps because Pixar honcho John Lasseter still carries a production credit. Perhaps because Disney finally remembered that careful characterisation is, above all, what makes animated features work. Or perhaps it’s just because between the seven people credited with writing the thing, someone was taking notes. For all its overbearing energy and enthusiasm, it’s hard not to like the movie.
- Anton Marshall
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