Box art for Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

anime & animation, children & family

Have the "time" of your life with Disney's fun-filled comedy MEET THE ROBINSONS, a thrilling adventure that takes you to a whole new world full of imagination and surprises.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 7
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Clever but sometimes scary time-travel adventure.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that even very young children will dig this Disney animated adventure, although it may be too intense for some. The story revolves around Lewis, a genius orphan who desperately wants to meet his real mother. There's a sense that he and his friends at the orphanage feel rejected -- he counts 124 couples he's met who don't end up adopting him -- but he's still take care of and encouraged by adults. The cartoon violence is owed mostly to the movie's villains -- a robotic bowler hat and the mysterious mustachioed man who wears it. The Bowler Hat Guy suffers from severe jealousy and bitterness, which is why he wants to ruin Lewis' future. But the future, as it turns out, is bright for all, even Lewis' nemesis. Parents of adopted children may be especially concerned with the way the orphans and the adoption process are depicted.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why the Robinsons believe that failing is good. Can you think of a time that you didn't win but you still learned something useful? And, for fun, since Lewis is an aspiring inventor, name some inventions that you think would be useful in the future.
  • How are orphans depicted in the movie? Does the movie make kids who aren't adopted seem sad and lonely? Do you think that's how orphans must feel? Name some other famous orphans in movies and books.
  • How does the movie compare to the William Joyce book on which it's based? Kids: Had you read the book before you watched the movie? If not, did you know it was based on a book?
  • Do you like movies that are based on books/stories more than ones that aren't? What are some of the best book-to-movie adaptations?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: This wearisome tale of a lonely orphan who travels through time has a wacky exuberance small children will no doubt appreciate. Anyone older, though, will merely find it noisy and obnoxious.

- Neil Smith, BBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I liked this movie. Was really fun and my daughter really enjoyed it as well. Decent voice acting, A nice story make this a good film for kids.

- jmanard52, Friday, July 16, 2010

5 stars

There is no doubt that Disney is magic. If you don't believe me, watch this movie. It's one of my all time favorites. The story is solid, funny, heartwarming and clever. There aren't any holes in the plot, everything is cleared up from in that special Disney way. It's amazing! And the Walt Disney quote at the end has me in tears every single time. I love this movie and can watch it over and over again.

- theylovealexis, Monday, September 6, 2010

4 stars

disney pulls off another really good movie. they pretty much never flop. my 2 year old son watched this twice the morning we got it and the entire time he watched it i kept realizing how inviting it was to kids like him while having a complex story line for adults like me. great storyline and cool plot twists at the end. i liked this movie alot.

- sanjurosamurai, Wednesday, August 18, 2010