Meet the Robinsons (G)

Action/Adventure 95 March 30, 2007
By Ella Taylor
Sharply adapted from the William Joyce book A Day With Wilbur Robinson, this speedy animated film features Lewis (voiced by Daniel Hansen and Jordan Fry), a bespectacled science geek and orphan who, though well cared for by a loving foster mom (velvety voiced Angela Bassett), is too weird to get himself adopted and so goes forth in search of his birth mother. Catapulted into a future (long story) with an uncanny resemblance to a Disney theme park, Lewis falls in with a similarly gifted family who must defend him (or vice versa) from a yellow-toothed villain and his sinister bowler hat (both voiced by director Stephen Anderson), and point him toward a better life. Juiced by 3-D glasses that had my daughter and her pal grabbing at the air in order to trap the movie's fickle weather, Meet the Robinsons is so cleverly executed that one forgives the frenetic pace and absence of down time (save for a couple of sweet numbers sung by Rufus Wainwright) that have become standard in G-rated studio pictures aimed at kiddies who are surely too young to have their developing attention spans smashed to smithereens.
Steve Anderson Angela Bassett, Harland Williams, Laurie Metcalf, Tom Selleck, Adam West, Ethan Sandler, Tom Kenny Jon Bernstein, Michelle Spitz; Don Hall, Nathan Greno, Joe Mateo, Aurian Redson Dorothy McKim Buena Vista