ABC Film Challenge – Animation – M – Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Director: Stephen J Anderson

Writer: Jon Bernstein, Michelle Bochner Spitz, Don Hall, Nathan Greno, Aurian Redson, Joseph Mateo, Stephen J Anderson (Screenplay) William Joyce (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Angela Bassett, Daniel Hansen, Jordan Fry, Matthew Josten, John H H Ford, Dara McGarry


Plot: Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate.

Tagline – If you think your family’s different, wait ’til you meet the family of the future.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes


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Verdict: Nice and Simple Animation


Story: Meet the Robinson starts as we meet orphan Lewis, a brilliant inventor that keeps getting over looked for adoption, tired of this, he uses his intervention skills to build a machine which could open the door to memories. When this ends up going wrong, he meets Wilbur a boy from the future, the two go into the future where Lewis will be in his element with the world being full of inventors.

Lewis while happy here must fix the time machine and return to his own time to finish his memory scanner before the future he is in now changes.


Thoughts on Meet the Robinson


Characters – Lewis is an orphan with bring dreams of being an amazing and brilliant inventor, when he gets a new friend in Wilbur that takes him to the future and his family of inventors, Lewis might have found his place in the world. Lewis is the typical Disney hero figure, worried about one part of their life while missing the truth about another part. Wilbur is the boy from the future that is trying to make up for his own mistake which could change the future he now lives in, this character shows us just what type of responsibility youngsters will need to learn about.

StoryThe story follows a young boy as he looks for answers to why he became an orphan, but over the span of his adventure he ends up in the future where he learns the importance of keeping on working towards his own destiny in typical Disney storytelling process. The story does feel like a flashy version of the Sims video game which is strange for large parts, it does have too many easy twists too.

Adventure/Comedy/Family/Sci-FiThe adventure takes our young orphan inventor to the future which plays into the sci-fi ideas which is his dreams throughout. The comedy is hit or miss with most missing in the most part though.

SettingsThe settings bring us to a future where inventors have become celebrities and their creations are everywhere with everyone using them.

AnimationThe animation works well but you do feel it could have been at a higher level for Disney.

Scene of the Movie –
Closing sequences.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It misses the jokes too many times.

Final ThoughtsThis is a basic animated movie that is everything Disney do when it comes to being safe.


Overall: Safe Disney movie.




Moana (2016)

moanaDirector: Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams

Writer: Jared Bush (Screenplay) Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk


Plot: In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right.


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Verdict: One of Their Best


Story: Moana starts with the ancient tale of Chieftain’s heart that could give life and who Maui stole the heart with the ability to transform with his magical fishhook but when others leave Maui defeat and both the heart and fishhook lost forever. This is a story for Moana and her people where she is destiny to follow in her father’s footsteps and become the Chief of their people.

Desperate to help her people Moana risks her own life to search for a new fishing location but only finds the dark side of the ocean before her grandmother also known as the crazy lady on the island shows Moana the final secret of her people and that is Moana’s destiny, to restore the heart of Chieftain to restore the peace within the waters with the help of the one that disturbed the peace in the first place the demi-god Maui.

Moana is an adventure family comedy that brings us the next Disney leading female character that is part princess but not in the love angle. This is huge plus because we are tired of the princess stories now. The story focuses on believing in yourself be it for your people or that the stories about yourself are not what are going to define you. The fallen hero side to Maui is excellently done to go opposite the soon to be chief character makes for an unusual partnership but one that works on the levels needed.

It wouldn’t be a Disney animation without wonderful songs and this is now different but I can’t help but find myself not getting them stuck in my head like others (Let it Go, for example) and I am not sure if this is a good thing or not. ‘I Am Moana’ is easily the headline song from the film and captures the character perfectly though.

Going into the characters with the voices behind them now Auli’I gives an amazing performance as Moana with her beautiful singing voice and of course we need to talk about the biggest name in the film Dwayne Johnson and Maui who again is brilliant in his role where he nails the singing and charisma the character needs. We do get great comic relief from a mix of Heihei the chicken and Pua the piglet but otherwise this is a very grounded film that doesn’t introduce too many characters.

Disney could have restored the magic it has been losing with certain recent releases and this sure as hell gets back to what once made them great enjoy the songs, the story, the adventure for it will be special.


Overall: Disney is back and with a boom, move over lazy Pixar sequels the original masterminds are back.


Big Hero 6 (2015)

logoDirector: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writer: Joseph Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird (Screenplay) Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle (Characters) Paul Briggs, Joseph Mateo (Head of Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph


Plot: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.


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Verdict: 6 of the Best


Story: Big Hero 6 starts by taking us to San Fransoyko where we watch human controlled robot battles. When young Hiro takes his robot into battle against the champion and beats him, he finds himself in trouble with the law because robot battles are illegal in the city. Tadashi Hiro’s big brother takes him to his university lab to show Hiro the potential he could achieve if he puts his mind to it. Tadashi has being working on a project that involves a robot called Baymax that could provide healthcare for everyone in the future.

Hiro inspired by his brother wants to join the university and his way in is to create something truly original and impress the inventor of the robots Callaghan. Stunning the robotic world Hiro attracts the attention of business man he picks the university over money, but disaster strikes when Callaghan gets caught up in a fire and Tadashi tries to save him. With the death of his brother Hiro doesn’t know what to do next but when Hiro accidently activates Baymax the two go searching for what Hiro’s micro bot is attracted to. Hiro finds out that someone has stolen his technology and is producing more of them in secret. To catch the mystery person Hiro teams up with the rest of the students and they all get upgrade to turn themselves into heroes.

Big Hero 6 is one of the most delightfully stories in recent animation. The story enters into the idea of losing loved ones and dealing with the aftermath. It also looks at a world that we are close to unlocking with all the increases in technology that could one day be a reality. We see how Hiro learns that revenge is not the most important thing and that he does need his friends to deal with the loss. Even with all the emotional story lines we do get a superhero origin story that comes off very nicely. It would be hard not to say that Baymax stole every scene and even watching its development through the film does give it similarities to Iron Giant. This story will be enjoyed by all and can be easy to follow. (9/10)


Character Review


Baymax: Baymax is the created healthcare robot but after his creator is killed, he gets upgrades by the brother of the deceased one. Baymax plays out very naive as the story unfolds but gets all the laughs with his straight talking response to anything that happens. (9/10)


Hiro: Hiro is the teenager wasting his time with illegal robot fighting before he gets the motivation to take his skills to the next level. Hiro goes out to find the person responsible for his brother’s death upgrades and all. Hiro does end up being a very familiar character that we have seen in these type of films before though. (7/10)


Tadashi: Tadashi is the brother who inspires his brother to develop his work in technology but his death motivates his brother to develop Baymax to the next level. Tadashi is a simple mentor character that we have seen in plenty of films before. (7/10)


Mystery Man: This is the masked man who is behind the murder of the brother but his identity his hidden until the end. (8/10)


Support Cast: Big Hero 6 has a supporting cast that mainly comprises of potential suspects which are very generic. We do also have the rest of the students who also help give extra laughs as the film unfolds.


Director Review: Don Hall, Chris Williams – Don and Chris do a good job directing this film that is one of the best animated ones in recent years. (9/10)


Action: Big Hero 6 uses plenty of comic book style action with fights that will entertain. (8/10)

Adventure: Big Hero 6 does enter into the adventure style for a film with our heroes going out to find the person responsible for a personal death. (8/10)

Animation: Big Hero 6 uses great animation throughout the film to make this look very good. (9/10)

Comedy: Big Hero 6 has plenty of laughs especially from Baymax. (9/10)

Family: Big Hero 6 is one for the whole family to enjoy. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Big Hero 6 looks at a very real potential future for us to be living in. (8/10)

Settings: Big Hero 6 uses San Francisco mixed with Tokyo to make a unique looking city. (9/10)

Suggestion: Big Hero 6 is one that will be enjoyed by all and I would recommend seeing it to all. (Watch)


Best Part: Baymax in general.

Worst Part: Not too original though.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown.

Funniest Scene: Baymax and Hiro breaking into the factory.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could easily have one.

Similar Too: The Iron Giant and The Incredibles


Oscar Chances: Nominated for Oscar for Best Animated.

Box Office: $429 Million

Budget: $165 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Trivia: According to Scott Watanabe, the movie is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined.


Overall: Baymax will help with your health issues by making you laugh

Rating 90