Voice Talent: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Laurie Metcalf, Angela Bassett, Adam West, Tom Selleck
Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Video: 1.78:1 Widescreen, 1080p HD
Audio: English 5.1 PCM Uncompressed; English, French, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; 5.1 effects only
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Supplements: Director audio commentary; two featurettes (“Keep Moving Forward: Inventions that Shaped the World” and “Inventing the Robinsons”); six deleted scenes including 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: ***1/2 AV Quality Rating: *****
Based upon the book A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, ‘Meet the Robinsons’ is the 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 both children and adults, this Blu-ray disc makes for a good addition to any family DVD collection.
The 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 overall audio quality is also excellent with the English Dolby Digital 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.
– Calvin Harding Jr.