Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 computer-animated family film produced by Walt Disney Pictures about a intelligent young boy named Lewis, who invents things but does not have any family, even though he wants one. Then one day, Lewis' world is changed when a boy called Wilbur, who has a time-machine, takes Lewis on a trip to the future to meet Wilbur's family - The Robinsons.


Wilbur RobinsonEdit

  • [repeated line] That is an excellent question!
  • Well it's been a long hard day filled with emotional turmoil and dinosaur fights.
  • I never thought my dad would be my best friend.
  • If my family finds out I brought you from the past, they'll bury me alive, and dance on my grave!


  • Why did I invent that stupid hat?!
  • Take a good look around, Doris, 'cause your future's about to change.


Mildred: Poor Mr. Harrington...
Lewis: [immediately scared] I killed him?!
Mildred: No, no! You didn't kill him. He's perfectly fine.

Mr. Willerstein: Dr Krunklehorn, I know you're very busy there at Inventco Labs, and we're just so excited to have you as a judge.
Dr. Krunklehorn: It's my pleasure, Mr. Willerstein. Hey, you never know. One of your students may invent the next integrated circuit or microprocessor or integrated circuit. [stops Mr. Willerstein, realizing something] Oh, wait! I said that already. Well, I just don't get out of that lab very much. [Looks down at Mr. Willerstein's bow tie he's wearing.] Is that a bow tie? I like bow ties. I haven't slept in eight days!
Mr. Willerstein: Well, can I offer you a cot?
Dr. Krunklehorn: Nope. [places a sticker with a picture of a coffee mug on the Mr. Willerstein's forehead] I've got the caffeine patch. I invented it myself. One patch is the equivalent to twelve cups of coffee. You can stay awake for days with no side effects. [screams, scaring Mr. Willerstein] Sorry.

Mr. Willerstein: Okay, next up is Lizzy and her fire ant farm.
Lizzy: That's right.
Mr. Willerstein: Lizzy, we talked about the fire ants. You know that they have a tendency to bite people.
Lizzy: Only my enemies.
Mr. Willerstein: Keep moving, shall we? Top notch, Lizzy! Let's not anger her, or make her jumpy in any way.

Wilbur: If I prove to you I'm from the future, will you go back to the Science Fair?
Lewis: Yeah, sure; whatever you say. [Wilbur starts to push him on to the edge of the roof] Hey, let go of me! What are you doing?! Let go of me!
Wilbur: Okay. [pushes him off the roof]
Lewis: (stops in midair) Ahh! (Wilber presses a button and a time machine appears) What is this? Where are we going?
Wilbur: To...the future!

Lewis: You're not the boss of me!
Wilbur: Yes I am! 'Cause you're twelve and I'm thirteen! That makes me older!
Lewis: Well I was born in the past, which makes me older and the boss of you!

[After the Time Machine crashes]
Wilbur: I am so dead. I'm not allowed to look at this thing, let alone drive it! Mom and Dad are gonna kill me, and I can tell ya this: It will not be done with mercy!
Lewis: Isn't there, like, a Time Machine Repair Shop, or something?
Wilbur: [angry] No! There's only two Time Machines in existence, and the Bowler Hat Guy has the other one!
Lewis: Well, somebody's gonna hafta fix this...
Wilbur: Good idea! [pulls Lewis over to the wreck] You're smart, you fix it!
Lewis: Are you crazy?! I can't fix this thing!
Wilbur: Yes you can! You broke it, you fix it!
Lewis: [thinks for a moment] Alright, under one condition: I fix it, you take me back to see my Mom.
Wilbur: What?! You didn't even follow through on our last deal! How can I trust you?!
Lewis: Well, you told me you were a Time-Cop from the future - How can I trust you?
Wilbur: [long pause] Touche.

[Outside the garage]
Carl: [deep, echoing voice] Who dares to disturb my sanctuary?!
Wilbur: Carl, it's me. Let me in!
Carl: None may enter unless they speak the royal password!
Wilbur: Carl, what are you talking about? We don't have a password!
Carl: Yes we do, I made one up while you were gone!
Wilbur: Then how am I supposed to know what it is?
Carl: You , uh... [considers this] [normal voice] Good point.
[the door opens]

[Carl runs away screaming upon seeing Lewis]
Lewis: Well. That was unexpected. [Wilbur quickly slams a fruit hat on Lewis' head] ...As was that.
Wilbur: If my family finds out I brought you from the past, they'll bury me alive, and dance on my grave! I'm not exaggerating! Well... Yes I am, but that's not the point! The point is, your hair's a dead givaway!
Lewis: [confused] Why would my hair be a dead givaway?
Wilbur: That is an excellent question! [runs off]
Lewis: Wait, where are you going?!
Wilbur: Another excellent question!

Tallulah: Laszlo, you stop painting my hat, or I'm telling Ma.
Laszlo: Ah, lighten up, sis.
Tallulah: Lasz, I mean it.
Uncle Fritz: Children, please. Your mother's trying to take a nap.
Aunt Petunia: What is all the yelling out here?
Tallulah and Laszlo: He/she started it.
Aunt Petunia: I don't want to hear any more.
Uncle Fritz: Now, sweetie--
Aunt Petunia: [slaps Uncle Fritz] Don't you "sweetie" me. I'm going for a drive.
[sound of a car roaring away]
Grandpa Bud: That's strange; She usually takes the Harley.

Lewis: Why is your dog wearing glasses?
Grandpa Bud: Oh, because his insurance won't pay for contacts.
[ Rimshot sounds]

Wilbur: Lewis, I told you to stay in the garage!
Lewis: I did! But I went up the tube, and I ran into your family, and I-
Wilbur: [panicked noise] You met my family?!

Wilbur: [to Lewis] Pop quiz. Who have you met, and what have you learned?
Lewis: Okay; Bud, Fritz, and Joe are brothers. Fritz is married to Petunia, and is she...? [makes hand-puppet gesture]
Wilbur: Cranky? Yes.
Lewis: Tallulah and Lazslo are their children, Joe is married to Billie, Lefty is the butler, Spike and Dimitri are twins, and I don't know who they're related to.
Wilbur: Neither do we. Go on.
Lewis: Bud is married to Lucille, and Cornelius is their son. [pause] What does Cornelius look like?
Wilbur: [thinks for a moment] Tom Selleck.
Lewis: [beat] Okay, Cornelius is married to Franny, and her brothers are Gaston and Art.
Wilbur: You're forgetting something...
Lewis: Forgetting-? Oh, right! Wilbur is the son of Franny and Cornelius.
Wilbur: And no one realized that you were from the past?
Lewis: Nope. [Wilbur breaths a sigh of relief] Thank you, thank you! Hold your applause, thank you very much!

Lewis: [to Wilbur while fixing the time machine] I don't even know what I'm doing.
Wilbur: Keep moving forward.
Lewis: I mean, this stuff is way too advanced for me.
Wilbur: Keep moving forward.
Lewis: And what if I can't fix this? What are we gonna do?
Wilbur: Keep moving forward.
Lewis: Why do you keep saying that? And don't just say, ‘keep moving forward.’
Wilbur: It's my dad's motto.
Lewis: Why would his motto be ‘keep moving forward?’
Wilbur: It's what he does.
Lewis: What's that supposed to mean?
Wilbur: That is an excellent question. Robinson Industries, the world's leading scientific-research and-design factory. My dad runs the company. They mass produce his inventions. His motto, ‘Keep moving forward.’ It's what he does.

Bowler Hat Guy: What's going on? Why aren't you seizing the boy?!
Dinosaur: [in dinosaur language] I have a big head, and little arms! I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through.

Gaston: And so it begins... Ready, aim, fire. [throws a meatball at Franny]
Franny: Ha. Surely that is not the best you can do. [sound doesn't match her lips, like a poorly dubbed martial arts movie]
Gaston: Impressive, little sister. Your skills are strong, but not strong enough.
Franny: Your words do not threaten me, brother.
Gaston: Then enough words. Now the real battle begins.
Franny: Your meatballs are useless against me.
Gaston: Then perhaps it's time for spicy Italian sausage.
Franny:[gasps] No!

[After above scene:]
Lewis: Is dinner like this every night?
Art: No. Yesterday we had meatloaf.

Bowler Hat Guy: Ah, yes. You are now under my control.
Frankie: I am now under your control.
[Bowler Hat Guy laughs; Frankie does monotone laughing]
Bowler Hat Guy: Stop laughing.
Frankie: Stop laughing.
Bowler Hat Guy: Don't repeat everything I say.
Frankie: I won't repeat everything you say.
Bowler Hat Guy: Excellent.
Frankie: Excellent.
Bowler Hat Guy: Uh, did you just say "excellent" because I said "excellent"?
Frankie: Uh, no.
Bowler Hat Guy: Excellent.
Frankie: Excellent.

Grandpa Bud: What if Louis Armstrong said, "I can't"? You think he'd have walked on the moon?
Grandma Lucille: Dear, Louis Armstrong was a singer.

Lewis: Why are you doing this to me? I never did anything to you!
Bowler Hat Guy: [amused] You still haven't figured it out!
Lewis: Figured out what?
Bowler Hat Guy: Let's see if this rings a bell: Father of the future, inventor extraordinaire, "Keep moving forward"?
Lewis: That's not me, that's Wilbur's dad! [Bowler Hat Guy stares at him expectantly. Lewis' eyes go wide in realisation] Are you saying that... I'm Wilbur's... Dad?
Bowler Hat Guy: Oooh, Give the boy a prize! You grow up to be the founder of this wrenched time... So I planned to destroy your destiny! Easy-peasy, rice and cheesy!
Lewis: [flabbergasted] Wait... So, if I'm Wilbur's dad...
Bowler Hat Guy: Keep going...
Lewis: ...Uh, if I'm Wilbur's dad...
Bowler Hat Guy: [irritated] Yes, thank you, we've established that!

Wilbur: I bet you're glad to see me! [Lewis punches him] OW!
Lewis: That's for not locking the garage door!
Wilbur: Ah... [awkwardly] You know about that?
Lewis: I know everything.
Wilbur: ...You gotta admit, this'll be a great story to tell me someday!

Wilbur: Lewis, you have to fix the Time Machine!
Lewis: No, no, I- I can't! What about your dad? You could call him!
Wilbur: You are my dad!
Lewis: But that's in the future!
Wilbur: There won't be a future, unless you fix the Time Machine! Look, I messed up. I left the garage unlocked and I've tried like crazy to fix things... But now it's to you - you can do it, Dad.

Cornelius: [in the distance] Franny, they're gone! Oh, this is terrible!
Franny: Oh boy...
Bud: Well, he's home early!
Cornelius: Franny, where are you?! [runs out to the the rest of his family] The Time Machines are gone! [sees Lewis] ...Oh. Oh! [Lewis waves awkwardly at Cornelius, who does the same thing, before looking questioningly at everyone else. Wilbur tries to make his escape, but is stopped by Franny. Cornelius gives him an unimpressed look] Uh-huh.
Wilbur: [sighs] Ratted out by the old lady. Harsh.

About Meet the RobinsonsEdit

  • So we had some different challenges: we had skin texture we had to work out, we had to grow hair off of characters' heads and we had to find an animation style that was still fun and loose and had some caricature to it, but could portray humans in a believable way. 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.

    One really interesting technique that we used is occlusion. 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's that extra layer of believability that computer animation is so great at.

    • Steve Anderson [1]
  • You could see it in the animation of 2008's Bolt, the first film Lasseter and Catmull touched: The characters were more visually appealing, more believable, funnier than the characters in Disney's previous film, Meet the Robinsons. And crucially, the acting was more nuanced: The characters didn't feel like caricatures.
  • Caitlin Roper, Wired [Roper, Caitlin (October 21, 2014). "Big Hero 6 Proves It: Pixar's Gurus Have Brought the Magic Back to Disney Animation". Wired. Condé Nast.]

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