Meet the Robinsons is an animated feature film directed by Stephen Anderson, loosely based on William Joyce's A Day with Wilbur Robinson. It features, in their debuts, Lewis Robinson, Wilbur Robinson, Mike Yagoobian/the Bowler Hat Guy, Doris, Carl the Robot, Lucille Krunklehorn, Bud Robinson, Franny, Art Framagucci, Lefty, Buster (dog, Tiny, Frankie, Billie Robinson, Joe Robinson, Fritz Robinson, Petunia Robinson, Laszlo Robinson, Tallulah Robinson, Gaston Framagucci, Spike and Dimitri, Mr Willerstein, Mildred, Lizzy, Stanley Pukowsky, Coach and Lewis's anonymous mother. Pictures of Walt Disney and Nikola Tesla are visible in the background.
The dreams of orphan and kid inventor Lewis are crushed when the demonstration of his Memory Scanner at the science fair goes outrageously wrong. Little does he expect to immediately be confronted with Wilbur Robinson, a kid time traveller who claims that the normal course of Lewis's life has been disrupted by the malevolent Bowler Hat Guy… Whisked off to the future, Lewis must find a way to stop the Bowler Hat Guy wreaking havoc on his timeline (and everyone else's with it) while getting to know Wilbur's incredibly eccentric yet intensely lovable family, the Robinsons.
The film had a comic book cinestory adaptation in the form of Meet the Robinsons (2007) and two novelisations: one under the title of Journey to Future (2007), and another as Meet the Robinsons: The Chapter Book (2007).
The picture book Keep Moving Forward (2007) also retells the events of the movie, though with many alterations in details.
The video game Meet the Robinsons (2007), released concurrently with the movie, shares its title but actually focuses on a distinct storyline taking place during the events of the film, with Wilbur as a protagonist.
The comic story Meet the Mysterious… Bowler Hat Guy?!? (2007), published the month before the release of the film, served as a sort of prequel to it, featuring a glimpse into the Bowler Hat Guy and Doris's partnership before the start of the time-travel scheme.
Behind the scenes
Meet the Robinsons was released on March the 23d, 2007.
An adaptation of the picture book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, it carries through many characters and designs from it, but added the entire time travel plotline: in the book, Lewis has no particular relationship to Wilbur, and there is no Bowler Hat Guy.
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