Meet the Robinsons, 3D+Blu-ray+DVD (2007/2011)

by | Aug 29, 2012 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

Meet the Robinsons, 3D+Blu-ray+DVD (2007/2011)
Voice Talent: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Laurie Metcalf, Angela Bassett, Adam West, Tom Selleck
Director: Stephen J. Anderson
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment [11/8/11]
Video: (Blu-ray 3D): 1.85:1 for 16:9 1080p HD (Blu-ray 2D): 1.78:1 for 16:9 1080p HD
Audio: (3D): English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital (Blu-ray 2D): English 5.1 PCM; English, French, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Extras: (Blu-ray 2D): Director audio commentary; two featurettes: “Keep Moving Forward: Inventions that Shaped the World” and “Inventing the Robinsons”; Six deleted scenes incl. an alternate ending; “Little Wonders” Rob Thomas music video; “Kids of the Future” Jonas Brothers music video; Family Function 5000: Family Tree Game; Bowler Hat Barrage! Game; Previews; Movie showcase
Length: 95 minutes
Movie Rating: ***½     3D Rating: ****1/2
2D Rating: *****    Audio Rating: ****½
D-BOX Rating: ****

Based upon the book A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, Meet the Robinsons is the animated story about a brilliant young inventor named Lewis.  Lewis lives in an orphanage and dreams of finding a family that will adopt him. His life takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious 13-year old stranger named Wilbur Robinson escorts Lewis on a trip into the future.  There, Lewis discovers a world where anything is possible including singing frogs and talking dinosaurs.  Lewis also meets a family beyond his wildest imagination, The Robinsons, who help guide him on an amazing and heartfelt adventure.  I enjoyed Meet the Robinsons as it reminds me of the Pixar films, of which I am a huge fan.  This movie has outstanding animation, brisk pacing and some cute pop-culture references.  Having replay value for children and adults, the Blu-ray 3D combo pack is a nice addition to any family home movie collection.
The 2D high-definition video quality of this direct digital-to-digital transfer is excellent.  Images are pristine with exquisite detail.  Blacks are uniformly deep throughout the movie.  Colors are vibrant and bold with fully saturated hues.  Picture defect mastering is perfect with no major flaws or compression artifacts.  The 3D high-definition video quality is on par with the 2D presentation and maintains those same qualities above.  Black levels are a bit darker with the 3D version than the 2D.  Brightness is never an issue and there are no scenes where picture detail is lost due to the 3D glasses.  The depth created by the 3D effect is fantastic, especially so in the scenes where the time machine flies through the cityscape of the future.  There are a handful of small pop-out effects that take place during the movie, but nothing particularly memorable.
The overall audio quality is also excellent with the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track.  The soundtrack aggressively incorporates all of the discrete channels into its mix.  Dialogue is intelligible and firmly rooted in the center channel.  The surround channels are very active throughout; used for both ambient sound effects and the music score; and include multiple split rear effects.  The low frequency effects are crisp and tight.
Meet the Robinsons is compatible with the D-BOX Motion Code™ System, meaning that if you have the necessary D-BOX equipment, your movie viewing experience will be enhanced by adding both motion and vibration to your chosen seating.  This is definitely a fun D-BOX-enabled movie.  Motion effects and vibration are present throughout the entire film.
—Calvin Harding Jr.

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