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"Meet the Robinsons 3D" (Blu-ray 3D) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

On a rainy night, a mysterious woman leaves her baby on the doorstep of an orphanage.  12 year later, we meet Lewis; a promising boy genius and inventor who has only one problem – he can't get adopted.  After 124 interviews, he's ready to give up so he decides to build a machine that will search his memory for a picture of his mother.  He takes it to the local science fair where a mysterious man in a bowler hat sabotages the invention and destroys the entire fair along with it.  Then a boy claiming to be from the future shows up and wisks Lewis off to – you guessed it – the future.  Lewis meets the Robinsons, a wacky family with all sorts of interesting hobbies who all live together in a huge mansion.  They are all set to adopt him when they discover Lewis' true identity.  After several un-expected plot twists, Lewis returns to the present with a new mantra – keep moving forward.  His life takes a turn for the better in a truly happy ending.

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • 2007, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 35 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: MVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring (the voices of): Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman and Angela Bassett
  • Directed by Stephen J. Anderson
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I tried very hard to enjoy this movie, and the story was even interesting; but there was so much irrelevant material that I found it hard to engage for the entire hour-and-a-half running time.  The characters are funny and there are gags galore but only a few key scenes actually advance the plot.  I liked the beginning and the end fine but the long second act just dragged.  Seeing the movie in 3D was cool but even that added element was unable to elevate this one above three stars.

Technical

This is an extremely well-done 3D conversion.  Color and detail pop as you'd expect and the added dimension is used sparingly and never distracts the viewer.  I only knocked off one star because the CGI quality isn't quite up to par with newer films.  Skin textures were pretty much non-existent; the characters looked more like porcelain dolls.  Detail in objects was very good.  I especially liked the reflections and highlights in the time machines which were like cool-retro flying saucers.  Contrast was excellent with nice deep blacks and a very bright overall image.

Audio was good but not all it could have been.  Many opportunities were missed for some really house-shaking bass effects.  Surrounds were used effectively but I would have liked to get my sub in on the action.  Dialog was very crisp and detailed and balanced nicely with ambient effects and music.  If the mixing engineers had been a little less conservative with dynamics, this could have easily been a five-star soundtrack.

Extras

I received a combo pack which includes both 3D and 2D Blu-ray discs, and a DVD version of the film.  Bonus features are numerous and include audio commentary, two making-of documentaries, two interactive games, deleted scenes, two music videos and trailers for other Disney movies.