Starring: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Angela Bassett, Stephen J. Anderson
Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson
Written By: Jon Bernstein, Michelle Bochner, Don Hall, Nathan Greno, Aurian Redson, Joseph Mateo, Stephen J. Anderson
Rating: G (US) Running Time: 1 hr 35 min
You’ve heard the expression ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ – right? Well look again at how many people are given a writing credit for this film, and you’ll have an idea as to why I bring that up. Not that Meet the Robinsons is all that bad mind you. Its one saving grace (more on that later) does prevent this from being dismissed as a dull kids only cartoon. But, when that many writers are assigned to a movie project, it’s usually a sign things are not going well. More writers doesn’t necessarily mean the story, plot and dialog are going to get better. You can maybe forgive the story for not making a lot of sense. Even forgive the blatantly flawed time travel plot. You might also be able to forgive the incredibly undeveloped characters (of which there are plenty). Put all that together though, and you’ve got an unforgivably loud and bright, yet strangely dull film.
However, this movie has an ace in the hole. The Bowler Hat Guy! I absolutely loved this character. One of the best cartoon villains I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch. Looks a little like your old school silent movie bad guy. You know, the kind that ties the damsel in distress to the train tracks? Mixed with something Terry Gilliam would create for the animated sections of the Monty Python TV series. He looks amazing and his movements are wild and over the top. He also gets the best dialog, superbly voiced by Stephen J. Anderson (who also directed this!) He’s the only reason I’ve watched this film several times, and why on many of those occasions I’ve just skipped to his scenes!
This is pretty much for kids only. The Bowler Hat Guy though is worth the ticket price alone in my opinion. It’s not totally boring, but with the exception of the films villain, there isn’t much for adults here. Kids will likely find this entertaining.
It’s well animated, bright and colorful. A HD viewing at home is recommended.
Best moments for me: << spoiler >>
Every time the Bowler Hat Guy is on the screen! I especially loved this dialog as he gives his younger self some advice!
“No! Everyone will tell you to let it go and move on, but don’t! Instead, let it fester and boil inside of you! Take these feelings and lock them away. Let them fuel your actions. Let hate be your ally, and you will be capable of wonderful, horrid things. Heed my words, Goob: don’t let it go.”