There are two things in life that really chafe me: Bicycle seats and how poorly this movie was treated at the box office.
Meet the Robinsons is definitely one of my all-time favorite Disney films. Sure, its humor may be a bit random for some people, and it doesn’t have any big-name actors in starring roles, but it touches some deep questions and will keep you very entertained.
After Disney repaired its rocky relationship with Pixar and acquired the studio and its executives for billions of dollars in 2006, Disney was going to shut down its own failing feature animation studio. The Pixar executives who were put in charge, however, resolved to save Disney’s old studio (rebranding it as Walt Disney Animation Studios) and manage it alongside Pixar Animation Studios, with each studio kept strictly separate and responsible for its own projects.
And though this project was started before the Pixar acquisition, Meet the Robinsons became the very first film released by the new Walt Disney Animation Studios under Pixar leadership — so in that respect, it was a big deal.
Having been adopted himself as a child, Stephen J. Anderson went out of his way to be chosen as the film’s director since he had many personal connections to the emotions experienced by Lewis in the movie. Anderson also voiced several characters himself, including Bowler Hat Guy and Grandpa Bud.
You also might catch the voice of Adam West as Uncle Art (thus the character’s superhero outfit), plus Tom Selleck as Cornelius (which is also funny because in the movie that’s who Wilbur says resembles his father).
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I love the quote from Mr. Walt Disney featured at the end of this movie:
Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
I’m not sure how the year 2014 went for you, but it felt like a bit of a roller coaster for me. And I expect 2015 will hold experiences that will make me feel the same way.
Like Lewis, the little boy in this movie, we often wonder what the future holds for us—what our financial situation will look like, what our next job will be, what will happen to our family, or if we’ll even have a family.
But if we could see our future as Lewis saw his, we would witness how all things in our life will eventually work together for our good.
My wife reminded me of the words to a favorite hymn called “Be Still, My Soul”:
Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
As we ponder and plan for what lies ahead, we can’t afford to give into the fear of failure or disappointment. We must continue to set goals and act on those plans to the best of our ability, reminding ourselves that we can do hard things with God’s help.
I fundamentally believe that if we have the faith to keep moving forward, things will work out one way or another to further our progression and ultimate happiness.
“Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward…Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad.” — Doctrine & Covenants 128:22