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Genre: CG Animation
Starring: Angela Bassett, Tom Selleck, Harland Williams, Laurie Metcalf, Adam West, Ethan Sandler, Tom Kenny
Director: Stephen Anderson
Rating: G
Year Made: 2007




- Deleted Scenes
- Keep Moving Forward: Inventions that Shaped the World
- Music Videos
- Family Function 5000: Family Tree Game
- Inventing the Robinsons
- Audio Commentary with Director Stephen Anderson
(with a special guest appearance)




Languages: English/Mandarin/
Subtitles: English/Trad Mandarin/Bahasa/Malay
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Join a brillant young inventor named Lewis as he sets off on a time-travelling journey to find the family he never knew. In the fantastical world of 2037, hip-hopping frogs and dogs that wear glasses are as common as talking dinosaurs.

In an amazing twist, Lewis discovers that the fate of the future rests in his hands but he can't save it alone, he'll need every bit of help he can get from the wonderfully wacky Robinson family who help him learn to keep moving forward and never stop believing in himself.


At first glance, I didn’t feel particularly enticed by the “Meet the Robinsons” poster and to make matters worse, the recent slew of Disney’s outputs seem a notch lower than it’s usual standard. Somewhere out there, a certain company by the name of “Pixar” simply rules the animation genre in recent times.

But…notice I used the word “but”. With the acquisition of Pixar, everything seems positive again including many stand-alone Disney projects that were in pre-production prior to the takeover. Rumours has it that “Meet the Robinsons” among many of them has to undergo countless re-writes and changes under the watchful eye of John Lasseter, the newly-appoint animation chief.

We couldn’t justify that in the commentary or from the director’s interview but we do know from the horse’s mouth that the project has its fair share of ups and downs through the years.

To be fair, “Meet the Robinsons” isn’t that bad in fact it surprises me that the Disney’s spirit is still there. With a “Keep Moving Forward” theme in mind, director Stephen Anderson has crafted a sincere story, at times poignant. Our main protagonist, Lewis is an orphan who’s passionate about inventing and also keen to look for his birth mother. But he has other things to worry about when a swaggering young man named Wilbur came to his life and brought him to the future.

I’m sure the animators have a wild time coming up with the futuristic world set in 2037. The designs are loud, radiant, bursting with energy. And as if to jab the current theme park’s infamous Tomorrowland, the animators came up with a tongue-in-cheek Todayland.

However, I just don’t feel comfortable with the bunch of bizarre characters of the Robinsons family. Weird, wacky and the inclusion of a bunch of singing frogs don’t help either. Perhaps that explains why I’m living in the year 2007.

Without giving much away, the antics of Wilbur and Lewis will touch your heartstrings especially the latter. And take note of the Bowler Hat villain who has more to offer than the Sinatra-like singing frogs.


There are 3 Deleted Scenes, each accompanied by the director’s intro and explanation. Almost all of the sequences are unfinished and portions that are not included in the final cut are shown in black-and-white.

Keep Moving Forward: Inventions that Shaped the World is a short educational featurette that touches on the invention of glass, paper, famous inventors such as Thomas Edison, Wright Brothers and of course our dear Uncle Walt Disney. Did I say the inclusion of cute Disney’s animation snippets is a plus too?

Two Music Videos, which featured Rob Thomas’s “Little Wonders” and “Kids of the future” by Jonas Brothers, are included. Jamie Cullen who sang one of the many theme songs is surprisingly missing.

Okay this one for the kiddos. The Family Function 5000: Family Tree Game is an easy game which will distract young viewers for a short period while the adults struggle with their housework.

Inventing the Robinsons is a 20 minutes making-of feature that touches everything from the adaptation from the original book by William Joyce to the music composed by renowned Danny Elfman.

The Audio Commentary by Director Stephen Anderson is chockfull of information nuggets that you seldom encounter any quiet slots during the track. Anderson himself who was adopted as a child has such affinity to the script and Lewis’s character that he stayed more than 4 years with the project. And yes, this man is pretty talented as the voice of the Bowler Hat Guy that he makes frequent appearances during the commentary.

Of course there are the usual crop of trailers featuring Disney's upcoming releases such as "Ratatouille" and "Enchanted" to round up the DVD.


Visually, the colours for this DVD transfer are bright and rich. There isn’t any noticeable artifacts or dirt to mar your viewing experience.

The audio and sound effects are particularly strong in the futuristic sequence. Clarity of the dialogue is not an issue and Elfman’s score is tremendously active and fun-loving from the speakers as well.



Review by Linus Tee


. Meet The Robinsons (Movie Review)

. Meet The Robinsons (Soundtrack Review)

Other titles from Scorpio East:

. Wild Hogs

. Breaking And Entering

. Jump In

. Primeval

. Forest of Death

. The Fox and the Hound 2

. The Fox and the Hound

. Dumbo

. One Last Dance

. Protege

. The Curse of the Golden Flower

. A Battle Of Wits

. Rain Dogs

. Heavenly Mission

. Exiled

. Operation Undercover

. Diary

. Fatal Contact

. Singapore Dreaming

. Rob-B-Hood

. On The Edge

. The World's Fastest Indian

. Dragon Tiger Gate

. Unarmed Combat

. Crazy Stone

. Election 2

. We Are Family

. I Not Stupid Too

. The Shoe Fairy

. 2 Becomes 1

. 49 Days


. Dragon Eye Congee

. A Chinese Tall Story

. Perhaps Love


. Election

. The Myth

. Wait 'Til You're Older

. The Maid


This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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