Meet the Robinsons (2007, USA) C-102m. ** D: Stephen J. Anderson. Starring (the voices of) Angela Bassett, Daniel Hansen, Jordan Fry, Matthew Josten, Laurie Metcalf, Adam West, Tom Selleck. A twelve-year-old boy, abandoned by his mother at birth, grows up in an orphanage. His great talent at inventing things has kept him from finding suitable foster parents. One day he is whisked away into the future, where a certain family Robinson need his help against an evil guy who has stolen one of their time machines. Animated feature from Disney is so aggressively paced that the usual time-travel plot holes won't matter, but film is also violent, mean-spirited and exploits the underprivileged (some characters are truly grotesque!). Reconciles the viewer somewhat with a good finale. Danny Elfman collaborated on the score (inaudibly). John Lasseter co-executive produced this movie.

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