Meet The Robinsons

Featured In Issue 126, December 2007

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Stephen Anderson
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Orphaned as a baby, Lewis (Hansen, Fry) longs to find the family he has never known. His search takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious stranger transports him into the future to Meet The Robinsons, and he finds the fate of the world rests in his hands. Based upon William Joyce's book A Day With Wilbur Robinson. (Stacey Pendry)

When you put the Blu-ray Disc into the player, the first thing that comes up is a menu saying English, French, or Spanish. Since I speak very little French or Spanish, I chose English. The special features that aren't on the DVD include a Bowler Hat Barrage! game, two additional deleted scenes and an alternate ending, a Movie Showcase, and up-front ads. The supplements that are the same as on the DVD include commentary with Director Stephen Anderson, a game called "Family Function 5000: Family Tree Game," the featurettes "Inventing The Robinsons" (18 minutes) and "Keep Moving Forward: Inventions That Shaped The World" (seven minutes), deleted scenes, and
two music videos—"Kids Of The Future" by Jonas Brothers and "Little Wonders" by Rob Thomas

The computer animated anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD shows very good detail and depth of field, and while the image can look digitized at times, generally it is very smooth and crisp. Colors are bold and vibrant, and the imagery can look very detailed and clean. Blacks are not overly deep, however, but details in the darker scenes are impressively rendered. This is a superb image. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc picks up right where the DVD left off, adding great high-resolution detail and maintaining the fantastic image depth and dimensionality. Colors are even more impressively deep and vibrant. This is a great looking presentation. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features a broad stage with very good depth in the front stage. Unfortunately, the surround channels can be used at levels much lower than the center channel, which will occasionally dominate the entire soundstage. Music is mixed well, and imaging across the front stage can be impressive. Phantom imaging in the surround stage can also be impressive, but is not consistently delivered. Dialogue is often spread across each of the front three screen channels, and somewhat poor timing can give the dialogue a strange echo at times. Deep bass is delivered well using each of the available channels, and can be hard hitting and articulate, dropping down below 30 Hz in the more intense scenes. The uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack has impressive fidelity and dynamics, but the mix exhibits the same deficiencies as the DVD. Still, this is a great all-around release. (Danny Richelieu)