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Meet the RobinsonsWe just got back from seeing “Meet the Robinsons”, the latest Disney-Pixar collaboration. I have always been a big fan of the Disney-Pixar movies. My wife and I saw “Toy Story” in the theaters way back in 1995, a mere six months after we were married. I have a nice neat collection of all the Disney-Pixar DVD’s.  (To be honest, the “Toy Story” set is getting a little beat up. May have to break down and buy the 10th Anniversary Edition.) Plus, I’ve really been into seeing all the animated features as they come out, no matter who produces them.

So, we’ve been looking forward to this. Once again, Disney does not disappoint.

I kinda noticed the “Rolie Polie Olie” feel to the movie from the beginning, which makes perfect sense after learning that the movie is based on a book written by William Joyce, the man behind “Olie.”

The visual gags come fast and furious. Who knows how many I missed? That’s half the fun of getting the DVD, though. I won’t give too much away, but one of my favorite gags is the appearance of “Todayland” — and the very Space Mountain-like building in the distance! And it’s always fun to read billboards (even science projects!) in Pixar films.

The only complaint I would have about the movie is this: Sometimes, the visuals seem to exist simply to show that it can be done! Like the whole food fight scene at the dinner table of the future. It takes on the special effects of a low-budget, washed-out, foreign-dubbed, multi-hyphenated kung fu flick. Why? Lewis surely didn’t see it that way. I don’t know. The scene was cute, but didn’t advance the story. It would have been better served as a deleted scene on the DVD.

Ultimately though, the plot twists and surprising character reveals make this a great movie to watch with the whole family. Ryan will be saying “I have a big head, and little arms” for weeks!

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