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A description of tropes appearing in Meet the Robinsons. Follows the story of year old orphan/child prodigy Lewis in his attempt to find a family, a journey. Meet the Robinsons is a American computer-animated science fiction comedy film . And the witty story twists are handled with rare subtlety and intelligence. In the end it may get a little weepy and inspirational. But it's so charming that we. Time travel consequences of the movie Meet the Robinsons. There is another difference in the history we see, though, as compared to original: in the.
However, 'Bowler Hat Guy' has no idea how it works, and the hat whom he calls Dorisdecides they need to find Lewis to figure it out. Going back to the orphanage, 'Bowler Hat Guy' encounters Goob, who due to sleep deprivation, lost the game, and suffered the wrath of his teammates. Goob explains that the orphanage's supervisor said he should move on, but 'Bowler Hat Guy' states that Goob should use that experience, and never forget it After searching more of the Orphanage, Doris calculates that Lewis must have went to the future with Wilbur Robinson, and the two head into the future with a time machine of their own.
Back in the future, Lewis is introduced to more of the Robinsons' house, and how Lewis' father, Cornelius, is a great inventor, having successfully perfected time travel.
However, Cornelius' most recent time iteration was stolen by the 'Bowler Hat Guy,' and this explains why Wilbur is trying desperately to set things right. At the same time, Doris infiltrates the house, and attempts to kill Wilbur, but not before finding that 'Bowler Hat Guy' has time-travelled back and forth through time, returning to the future with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The Robinson family and Lewis manage to take down the enormous beast, and the family is ecstatic. It is then that Wilbur lets slip that Lewis is an orphan, and the family unanimously approves Hurt and upset that he has once again seemingly lost the chance to have a family of his own, Lewis walks away, but is then accosted by 'Bowler Hat Guy' and Doris, who promise that if he helps fix his machine, they'll take him back in time to find his Mom.
The present is in between those worlds, color wise: In the shape design, we tried to keep the present day very boxy and square. Everything's on a grid, everything's a little repetitive, everything's a little busy. So that when you go to the future, the view is unobstructed, the building shapes are very curved. There's pleasantness to it. It's just one big giant factory.
We talked a lot about Apple products: Soft, happy, puffy clouds, blue skies and bubbles. The Incredibles was a definite inspiration for this. It was eye-popping to me, and certainly part of my education in 3D and how to do character animation with all of its subtleties. We looked at a lot of Warner Bros. Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Peter Pan were Disney inspirations as far as combining believable characters with much more caricatured ones in the same scenes.
In the future, things move a little bit faster and are quirkier and more off beat, with characters that can zip around like Warner Bros. It creates shadows based on the proximity of one object to another. It's a way to avoid that glowy feel that computer animation has or the way mouths look like they're illuminated from inside.
Occlusion, because it's a closed space in there, will darken that mouth immediately. Then when we add our texture and lighting on top of that, you have a bit more real look to the images you're creating. It took a while because I'm so used to how you create the impression of space in 2D: In 3D, it's still an impression, it's still an illusion, but it's that much greater.
What is the texture of a certain character or a certain building material? I never would think of those things. That really opened up a whole new world for me. So I went from impressionistic thinking to realistic thinking. Because our movie got off and running so quickly, it was a matter of me getting thrown into it and watching what everyone was doing. They would ask me questions like: My education was leaning on people around me and relying on them.
The rig was based on Chicken Little, but departed somewhat with an automated rig setup that allowed them to churn out a number of rigs that the rigging department wouldn't have to build from scratch. These base set templates allowed certain blend shapes to be spread across a similar topology on different types of rig structures. At one point, the city skyline of is match-cut to a city skyline prior to the Bowler Hat Guy's attempt to present the Memory Scanner at the InventCo offices.
Discussed, where Carl, before sending Lewis back in time, asks him to invent him with a more muscular design. And it actually comes through. As mentioned above, the writers' time travel logic makes no sense when you think about it. It'd work out a lot better if the Dinosaur didn't show up again when the family said goodbye to Lewis.
The very first scene has Lewis as an infant being left at Mildred's orphanage by his mother. Towards the end of the film, the sunny, idealistic Utopian society transforms suddenly into a bleak, polluted world controlled by evil hats. From optimistic future to zombie apocalypse in five minutes and then back again, and not all at once either -- in a sweeping movement.
Lewis meets up with his future self toward the end of the movie. Named by the Adaptation: In the book, the protagonist was unnamed. Well, it's a long and pitiful story, about a young boy with a dream, a dream of winning a Little League championship If I hadn't fallen asleep, I would have caught the ball, and we would have won! It was then that I realized it wasn't my fault Never Trust a Trailer: This trailer made it seem like the film is about two intelligent inventors trying to create the greatest invention ever.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Wilbur forgets to close the garage door, and allows Bowler Hat Guy to steal one of the time machines: Wilbur, make sure you shut that door tight, or else the alarm won't engage.
I went to your house, snuck in the garage, and stole the time machine.
All thanks to that pointy-haired little kid who forgot to lock the garage door. Even Carl, the robot butler, makes reference to this incident earlier in the film: What do you mean don't go to the family?
How can we not go to the family is this type of family crisis? By leaving the garage door unlocked, you let the time machine get stolen and now the entire time stream could be altered! No Celebrities Were Harmed: When Doris pulls herself down over the eyes of one of the Robinson Industries lab assistants, his face resembles Stan Laurel's. No New Fashions in the Future: We have flying cars and robot buddies and bubblevators, but all the cool kids wear T-shirts, jeans and Converse All-Stars.
Well, a few of the characters do wear Jetsons-like jumpsuits. Cousin Tallulah is a fashion designer, which explains her skyscraper hat. Nobody Here but Us Birds Lewis: Will you quit that, please? I know you're not a pigeon! Not once but three times, when Wilbur is asked a question, he replies with "That is an excellent question! On a fourth occasion he actually follows it up with an answer.
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Obsessed Are the Listmakers: Bowler Hat Guy loves checklists and is often seen ticking off items in his, such as "Steal time machine", "Ruin science fair", and "Get that [comic book swearing symbols] boy".
Only Known by Their Nickname: A lot of minor characters have similar character models and even a few main character models are reused with Art's appearing in Midtown University and Franny's model also serving as Lewis' mother.
Lewis props the tyrannosaur's jaws open with a shovel. It is kinda strange that his future wife almost adopted him.
When she realized the truth she became pretty squicked out about it herself too. Pick Your Human Half: I think we all know what side Carl and the super-intelligent DOR are on. One of the more surprising ones of the last decade — Bowler Hat Guy is really Mike Yagoobian, the somewhat nice, low energy, short, slightly chubby kid Lewis shared a room with at the orphanage.
Bowler Hat Guy since he never let one childhood trauma go and thus kept a child-like mentality. Red Eyes, Take Warning: The first time she controlled a human, Doris' eye went from green to red. Bizarrely, an in-universe example.
Near the end, Lewis is about to be attacked by the evil robot hat Doris — who was angry at being locked up as a failed invention after she turned out to be renegade. Suddenly, Lewis glares at Doris and says, "I am never going to invent you. That's right, weaponized Retcon. Wilbur is also temporarily Ret Goned.
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It's implied that this will happen to Bowler Hat Guy, as by stopping his younger self from dropping the fateful baseball, the evil version of himself will be erased from existence. There are Insta-Buildings in the future, skyscrapers that go from ground level to completion in literally a few seconds. Ridiculously Successful Future Self: Founder of the future, inventor extraordinaire Cornelius Robinson Wilbur's father Cornelius Robinson is a brilliant inventor and industrialist who practically built the entire Utopian world of the future single-handedly.
Both the singing frog and T.
The Pooh mention is pretty Hilarious in Hindsightas the directors of this went on to do the Pooh film. Goob's baseball team is called the Dinos, a Shout-Out to William Joyce's book Dinosaur Bob, which is about a dinosaur who plays baseball.
In the ballpark where Goob's game is being held, there is a poster of Disney's "The Jungle Book" in the background. Art reminisces about an adventure to "the black moon of Qward".
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Apparently all you need to calm down Sinestro is some good meatball pizza. When Bowler Hat Guy uses the time machine to fetch a dinosaur, it's a Tyrannosaurus rex. The Story That Never Was: Lewis Robinson discovers the far future is an ugly dystopia where humanity is a Slave Race to mechanized overlords.
Strange Minds Think Alike: Happens to Bowler Hat Guy. If the CEO of a large company, a talking frog, and a T-Rex all ask you if your plan was well thought outmaybe you need to improve on your villain skills. Bowler Hat Guy doesn't shower, doesn't even bother to think his evil plans through, and initially couldn't think of any way of revenge more effective than throwing eggs and toilet paper at the Robinson Industries sign. One of the "to do" items on Bowler Hat Guy's list is literally "Get that [grawlixes] boy".
Look at that, boys! We're almost home fr— harpoon through the chest Time Machine: There are two fully functional time machines in the whole of the film. Specifically, the Time Continuum Task Force.
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It's probably best not to even start on this one, not the least of which is the main character apparently has Ripple Effect-Proof Memoryand is generally ripple effect proof entirely. Could be justified in that he built it, and could have included fail-safes to ensure that he could restore the natural order if his machines got in the wrong hands.
Little Doris' last sight before being rubbed out by the frogs. Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Morbidly obese Joe and Billie. It isn't until the start of the third act that Lewis discovers that Wilbur Robinson will be his son.
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When Bowler Hat Guy is recounting his backstory. Two in quick succession in the scene where the Bowler Hat Guy kidnaps Lewis: I think you mean our old room.
What Happened to the Mouse? The second time machine seems to have been left in the present day. Nobody brings it up again, even after Cornelius notices that the time machines are missing from the garage. After the plot is sorted out and Lewis convinces Wilbur to take in an emotionally drained Bowler Hat Guy in the good future, Goob decides to refuse their offer out of shame and wanders off.
He leaves behind only his diary where his revenge schemes are crossed out and now replaced with a question mark, showing that now that his lifelong goals have been rendered null, he becomes lost and confused, sulks off, and that's the last we see of him his adult self, anyway.
Although, given that Lewis undoes his Start of Darkness soon after this in the present time, it's implied that he won't be sulking for long. What Measure Is a Non-Human?
Carl's death would be cause for an R-rating if he had been a human! It's small and easy to miss, but Lizzy can be seen smiling evilly as she watches the chaos that ensues when Lewis' invention malfunctions. You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the alternate future created by Doris, Lewis views a video of how it got to be that way. Luckily Lewis reverses everything, so that never gets a chance to happen.
Lampshaded by Lewis, who tells Goob that the minute Doris gets what she wants, she'll "get rid of him". Zeerust - Very fifties. Just look at the poster. Tropes used in the game include: Unlike the movie, they play a huge role in the game as one of the villains. Lizzy's giant ant robots serve as one of your primary enemies.