Monday, February 13, 2012

Movie Review - Meet the Robinsons

"Meet the Robinsons" came out during the era when Disney erroneously thought that computer-generated movies were the way of the future. They concluded, based on Pixar's growing popularity and Disney's 2-D ventures losing numbers, that audiences didn't want tradition 2-D animation anymore (in reality, audiences didn't want bad stories and "cheap-quels" anymore, but that's a rant for another post).

Disney's CG movies didn't fair much better than their previous 2-D brethren. None of them are bad, but there are no classic movies from that era.

What does this have to do with Disney Parks? I'm glad you asked.

While is doesn't hold a candle to movies like "Aladdin" or "The Lion King", "Meet the Robinsons" is one of the better movies that Disney came out with during this time. And, as an added bonus, it almost perfectly reflects the theme and feel of Tomorrowland. I almost expected to hear "There's A Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow" somewhere in the movie.

The whimsical and hopeful side of looking toward the future is present in both the movie and the land (Also, the overt reference to Tomorrowland only increases my thoughts on this).

The movie had wonderful characters and a twist ending that leaves you with that aforementioned hopeful feeling for the future.

Integrating this story into Tomorrowland should have been a no-brainer, but I guess, lack of response from the audience killed any hope for seeing these two entities merge together.

What do you think? Did you like “Meet the Robinsons”? Do you agree with my connection to Tomorrowland? How could the movie and the characters have been integrated into the land?

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