emily: "i love checklists!"
Just in case you get off track in your evil plans, here's a handy checklist to help you change your future! *sigh* I love checklists. Oh, I love checklists. The board is ready to see you now. Wait. What am I going to say? I'm never gonna remember that. Would you Why don't you go? You do it. A description of tropes appearing in Meet the Robinsons. Obsessed Are the Listmakers: Bowler Hat Guy loves checklists and is often seen ticking off items in .
Compare Syndrome's Kronos montage from The Incredibleswhich makes this very clear without words and in less time. Lewis finds out about Doris' evil plan, and realizes that in the future, he invented Doris but rejected her for being disobedient, so dumped her in a failed inventions museum and forget about her. He uses a Temporal Paradox to say she never existed, instead of reminding himself in the future to improve Doris' programming and make her better, while subsequently dropping a baseball into Goob's hand so he doesn't actually have to apologize to Goob for being an inconsiderate roommate, effectively solving the main conflict of the movie by denying they ever happened as opposed to correcting them responsibly.
Meanwhile, the antagonist of the movie, Bowler Hat Guy, does take note of where his previous schemes had failed and addresses them accordingly in the next attempt.
The reason he regularly fails to succeed is because he only thinks one step ahead of his current problem. From Bowler Hat Guy. Frankie and the other singing frogs toss the mini-DOR in the back of a car with a shovel, the implication being they're going to bury it alive. Bowler Hat Guy aims to become one of these. He's not very good at it.
The tone of the movie drastically changes in the third act from being a quirky comedy to a surprisingly dark and heartwarming dramedy.
Real Life Writes the Plot as Lassester ordered a large chunk of the script being rewritten. To Wilbur, Cornelius looks like Tom Selleck his voice actor. This is what sets off the plot. After the Disastrous Demonstration that results, Lewis's belief in his ability to invent is so shattered that he gives it up.
To preserve the future, Wilbur has to restore his self confidence. When the Big Bad brings a T-Rex into the future, it's unable to attack Lewis when he stands in the corner of a building. Weaponizing one is how Lewis ends up defeating DOR The poster at the top of the page gave the impression that Lizzy was a member of the Robinson family in the future when she's actually just a classmate of Lewis in the present who is only on screen for under a minute in total. Also, the T-Rex doesn't become the Robinson family's pet until the movie's ending.
Create Your Own Villain: Bowler Hat Guy, eventually revealed to be Lewis' old roommate Mike Yagoobian, became this as a result of Lewis' tireless efforts to invent his memory scanner, which ironically results in Yagoobian falling asleep in the sandlot from insomnia and missing an outfield hit: How did you end up like this?
Well, it's a long and pitiful story, about a young boy with a dream. A dream of winning a Little League championship. A dream that was ruined in the last inning. We lost by one run because of me. Later on in the flashback: It was then that I realized it wasn't 'my' fault If you hadn't kept me up all night working on your stupid project, then I wouldn't have missed the catch!
So I devised a brilliant plan to get my revenge. Then, just as I was on the brink of destroying Robinson Industries, I met We retreated to our villainous lair, where Doris spun a tale of deception and woe.
Apparently, you invented her to be a helping hat, a slave to humankind But Doris knew she was capable of so much more However, you didn't see her true potential So you shut her down We both had a score to settle with you, and while my plan for revenge was brilliant, Doris' was Together we made the perfect team.
Doris and all the humans enslaved by Doris in the Bad Future. Bowler Hat Guy "I know! I'll turn him into a duck! Yes, yes it's so evil! I don't know how to do that I don't really need a duck.
Goob is one until he takes the advice of his future self. Doris lets one out when she gets erased from existence. Department of Redundancy Department: Krunklehorn says "One of your students may invent the next integrated circuit, or microprocessor, or integrated circuit Oh wait, I said that already! Justified since she is sleep deprived and only awake due to her caffeine patches.
As Wilbur lets Lewis know, he keeps inventing until something works, even if he fails spectacularly hundreds of times in the process. His motto isn't "Keep Moving Forward" for nothing. Didn't Think This Through: Pretty much Bowler Hat Guy's main defining characteristic. The first time it's a CEO. The second time it's a talking frog.
The third time it's Tiny the Tyrannosaur innocently lampshading it, finally causing Bowler Hat Guy to have a minor Villainous Breakdown. I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through, Master. Lewis was dropped off at the orphanage's doorstop as an infant, and a good chunk of his motivation in the film is to find out who his mother is. Abuse, Female on Male: Aunt Petunia and Uncle Fritz.
Of course, she's also a puppet that he controls, so Parodied when Bowler Hat Guy dramatically rips his clothes before Lewis to reveal he is still wearing the same baseball uniform that he used when he was Goob, Lewis' roommate at the orphanage.
A more serious one happens earlier, when Wilbur removes Lewis' hat and the rest of the Robinsons realize that Lewis is Cornelius' past self, although none of them admit it due to not wanting to cause a Temporal Paradox.
While Tiny the T. The result of the Bad Future where Doris successfully manipulates everyone into making and wearing mind-control hats. The Bowler Hat Guy's initial plan to get back at the Robinson family is throwing eggs at their house while shouting "You stink, Robinson! The buildings in the Bad Future are all hat-shaped. For one thing, he has Doris hover outside the windows and acting as his teleprompter, and when she has to hide to avoid being noticed, Bowler Hat Guy must claim that the sun is in his eyes, unintentionally causing the CEO to lower the blinds, sending him off the rails completely.
Therefore his attempt to demonstrate the product doesn't go well at all because he doesn't know what does what, eventually resulting in him running the really comfy headphones all the way across the table to the CEO. When the timer runs out, the machine falls off his end and Bowler Hat Guy and the CEO end up wrapped together in the headphone cords.
So, where do I sign? Even Bowler Hat Guy only wanted to ruin one kid's future, and never wanted to enslave humanity, as Doris ends up doing in the Bad Future. Bowler Hat Guy wants to ruin Lewis' life because he's really Goob and believes Lewis ruined his life because Lewis' invention made him sleepy during a game which made him bitter and which turned off prospective parents.
Expanded States of America standard: Face Death with Dignity: At the end, Bowler Hat Guy quietly leaves Lewis without saying goodbye, knowing that preventing his younger self from missing the baseball will cause this version of himself to be Ret Gone from existence.
The huge Tyrannosaurus Rex is named During the science fair, a girl's bunch of frogs is scattered all over the floor. It won't be the last time you see a bunch of frogs; it won't be the last you see of that girl, either. Or, if you look real hard you can see some of the billboards contain a few. The "Brain Scanners from Mars" directly inspires the creation of the Memory Scanner, but it also bares a remarkable resemblance to Doris' mind-control hat-apocalypse.
Only two characters have Exhausted Eye Bags as part of their designs: Goob and Bowler Hat Guy. Additionally, Bowler Hat Guy's demotivational speech to Goob, telling him to hold onto his grudges forever until it poisons him is a hint to the fact that Bowler Hat Guy really is Goob.
Not to mention, Goob never told Bowler Hat Guy he was in a game. Plus his face says more. Carl using an upgraded but still buggy peanut butter and jelly gun is a hint to the fact that Lewis is Cornelius Robinson.
Another example of the movie's motto of "Keep Moving Forward" and shows the dangers of holding a grudge. Case in point, the Bowler Hat Guy aka Goob. One of the "to do" items on Bowler Hat Guy's list is "Ruin science fair". That's where he succeeded.
Bowler Hat Guy has one. Doris the helper hat is just evil. Lewis calls Franny "Mom". Which gets slightly odd when we learn she's his future wife.
Meet the Robinsons / Disney - TV Tropes
In the dystopian alternate-future. You know they're Future Badass because the ladies all sport black lipstick. Otherwise, they're just hat-zombies. AKA boy genius, child prodigy, whiz kid Lewis graduates college at fourteen.
Especially impressive when you remember that Lewis was adopted when he was twelve. Although it probably helped that his eventual adoptive mother is a scientist This conversation between Bowler Hat Guy and Frankie the frog: Old man, I need to get to the garage! Well, sure, I'll get you there in a jiffy. I know a shortcut. Welcome to the garage. Well, I'm completely lost. Lewis and me are looking for the garage.
Lewis, will you give me a hand and time my race? Okay, Gaston, my toy train's ready for you. That's a toy train? On your mark, get set, go? Okay, Lewis, I got the blueprints. Keep those tummies tucked. This isn't the garage. I don't think the garage is in here, either. A very grave matter, indeed. Quad Four, Alpha Omega Galaxy, needs a large cheese-and-sausage thin-crust? I'll be there in 30 minutes, or it's free.
Laszlo, you stop painting my hat, or I'm telling Ma! Your mother is trying to take a nap. What is all the yelling out here? I don't want to hear any more! I'm going for a drive!
She usually takes the Harley. I think my wife Lucille's baking cookies. Bake them cookies, Lucille! Why is your dog wearing glasses? Oh, 'cause his insurance won't pay for contacts. That's Uncle Spike, and there's Uncle Dimitri. Oh, no, Lewis, that's our butler, Lefty. Nice to meet you. Hey, Lefty, any idea how to get to the garage? We didn't ask her yet. I think you'll like her. You ask me over And over and over Have you seen My peacock-feathered hat? Taught them everything they know.
We need someone on maracas. Where is your heart at? Nobody knows that Even though you've him, her, me And an army searching I've got a feeling You will be reeling When you are bad And the circus comes to town Grandpa, I think I found your teeth. And you see me leaving Dressed up as a magician Or something like that Sarsaparilla!
My teeth are back! Well, glad I could help with the teeth, but, wow, look at the time. Lewis, I told you to stay in the garage! I did, but I went up the tube, and I ran into your family, and I You met my family? Who have you met, and what have you learnt? Bud, Fritz and Joe are brothers. Fritz is married to Petunia, and is she Tallulah and Laszlo are their children. Joe is married to Billie. Lefty is the butler. Spike and Dimitri are twins, and I don't know who they're related to.
Lucille is married to Bud, and your dad, Cornelius, is their son. What does Cornelius look like? Okay, Cornelius is married to Franny, and her brothers are Gaston and Art. Wilbur is the son of Franny and Cornelius. And nobody realised you were from the past? Thank you very much. Doris, get it off! I've got you now. No, Lewis is my stupid roommate. My name's Mike Yagoobian.
People call me Goob, but today, everyone that beat me up called me "puke face" and "butterfingers" and "booger breath. I didn't mean to Well, I was just looking for Lewis. He's always up there being dumb. Why didn't I think of that? Mr Steak, you're my only friend. Game didn't go so well, huh? No, I fell asleep in the ninth inning, and I missed the winning catch. Then I got beat up.
Meet the Robinsons clip 2 - video dailymotion
Afterwards, Coach took me aside and told me to let it go. Everyone will tell you to let it go and move on, but don't. Instead, let it fester and boil inside of you. Take these feelings and lock them away.
Let them fuel your actions. Let hate be your ally, and you will be capable of wonderfully horrid things. Heed my words, Goob. Don't let it go. Where is that boy? Separate and look for clues. Look what I found! Now, what did you find? That plus my stick must mean I don't even know what I'm doing. I mean, this stuff is way too advanced for me. And what if I can't fix this? Why do you keep saying that? And don't just say, "Keep moving forward.
Why would his motto be "keep moving forward"? It's what he does. What's that supposed to mean? Robinson Industries, the world's leading scientific-research-and-design factory. My dad runs the company. They mass produce his inventions. His motto, "Keep moving forward. Carl, the time machine, the travel tubes.
Your dad invented the time machine? Five years ago, Dad wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. He wants to build a time machine, so he starts working. We're talking scale models. Dark day at the Robinson house. Prototypes two and three, not much better. Number six, 58,and they all end the same way. But he doesn't give up.
Dude, I can't take you seriously in that hat. He keeps working and working until finally he gets it, the first working time machine. Then he keeps working and working until finally he gets it again, the second working time machine.
I'm assuming that's a joke. I'm ignoring you for time reasons. This, my friend, is merely a model because, unfortunately, time machine number two is in the hands of the Bowler Hat Guy. Now, are you ready to start working? I think that's it. I knew you could. Nice work, my friend. Well, you know what they say! If you aren't up here in five minutes, I'm gonna come down and get you! We'd better get up there. Let's get that boy! But I want to look, too.
I didn't even know you could do that. Let's take her out for a spin. Now, to lure him out of the house. I'll blow it up! No, that won't work.
Then he'll be dead. I'll turn him into a duck! Yes, it's so evil! I don't know how to do that. I don't really need a duck. This may be harder than I thought. No, no, no, no, ring this doorbell. That doorbell will give you a rash. I'm two for two, man. If they don't do it on purpose, it doesn't count. Read your rule book. You can take your rule book and shove it right I don't believe in fretting or grieving Why mess around with strife?
Guess I was cut out To step out and strut out Give me the simple life Ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served. I want a sloppy joe! Oh, Billie, could you please pass the gravy? Coming to you, big girl. Reminds me of the time my meatball pizza staved off civil war on the black moon of Keward.
Where's my sloppy joe? Thank you for the gravy, Aunt Billie. Why is the kid still here? Any of this ring a bell? Science fair, Memory Scanner, a time stream that needs fixing? He's just having a little confidence issue. I've got it under control. So, Lewis, are you in Wilbur's class?
Well, yes and no. Lewis is a new transfer student. I think you mean North Montana. Hasn't been called Canada in years. Do you know Sam Gundersen? Then we can see if he has the family cowlick. He can't, because he's got bad hat-hair. A North Montana man doesn't care about hat-hair. Let's see the cowlick! All right, everyone, hold your horses.
Lewis, do you mind? I'm afraid this isn't gonna stop otherwise. Now, don't be shy. Surely, that is not the best you can do. Your skills are strong, but not strong enough.
Your words do not threaten me, brother. Now the real battle begins. Your meatballs are useless against me. Then perhaps it's time for spicy Italian sausage! Is dinner like this every night? No, yesterday, we had meatloaf. Okay, gang, time for the second course. And what goes better with meatballs than P. Hey, that's just like Is everything all right? We're just experiencing bugs. Just what the doctor ordered. My friend Lewis is an inventor. He can fix it. Wilbur, you know I can't.
Give it a try. You don't understand what's at stake here. Uncle Joe's seen the toast! We're past the point of no return!
Meet the Robinsons
If he doesn't get P. You would really be helping us out, Lewis. One dragonfly on the rocks, please, Mr Barkeep. Hey, hey, Frankie, baby, you gotta tell us one of your jokes. How about that one with the bullfrog?
- meet the robinsons icons
- Meet the Robinsons clip 2
All right, you bozos. Have to get that boy out of the house. So I turn to the bullfrog, and you know what I says? Talking frogs with their own little outdoor bar, and so smartly dressed! I says, "Hey, not with my umbrella, you don't. That's a good buzz. You are now under my control. I am now under your control. Did you just say, "Excellent," because I said, "Excellent"?
I've recalibrated the dispensing conduits and aligned the ejection mechanism and There he is, that repulsive, half-witted fool! Now, my slave, seize the boy. Bring him to me. Did you not hear what I said, you idiot? Grab the boy and bring him! Well, it's just that there's a million people over there, and I have little arms. I'm just not so sure how well this plan was thought through. Okay, that should do it.
Let her rip, Lewis! Uncle Joe can't hold on much longer. Is it gonna work? From failing, you learn. From success, not so much. If I gave up every time I failed, I never would have made the meatball cannon. I never would have made my fireproof pants.
I Love Checklists! - Bowler Hat Guy (Meet The Robinsons)
Still working out the kinks. Like my husband always says Keep moving Keep moving Stop Okay, talking frog, not a good minion.
Need another henchman, something large, not too bright. Something that won't talk back. What is he still doing here? Get rid of him. Hey, what are you doing? Get your lousy mitts off of me! You're gonna regret this! I wonder if I should tell Doris. No, I'll make it a surprise. All right, everyone, quiet down. I propose a toast to Lewis and his brilliant failure. May it lead to success in the future. Gosh, you're all so nice.
If I had a family, I I'd want them to be just like you. Oh, well, then, to Lewis! What if Louis Armstrong said, "I can't"? You think he'd have walked on the moon? Dear, Louis Armstrong was a singer. What did he mean, if he had a family? Oh, Lewis is an orphan. Get up, you pansy! What a great plan! Go back in time and steal a dinosaur.
Oh, Doris will be so proud of me. Why didn't you tell me you had a pet dinosaur? He's standing right here. No, you can't eat him! I need him alive. You messed with the wrong family! Okay, everybody, this dino's deep-dished. Now, go get that boy! Why aren't you seizing the boy? I have a big head I'm just not sure Him you can eat.
Little Doris now sleeps with the fishes. Guess we made a pretty good team, huh? Yeah, guess we did. Yeah, didn't you see us take out that dinosaur? It was so cool, Mom! Oh, I mean, I'm sorry. Oh, Lewis, it's okay. I'm really happy you're safe. It's just a bruise, Lewis. You all sacrificed so much for me. One of a kind. Okay, you should get him out of here before something really bad happens. I've got it all under control.
Okay, everybody, it's been a long, hard day filled with emotional turmoil and dinosaur fights, so why don't you all hit the hay, and Lewis and me will get going? Do you have to go now?
I mean, you know, it's getting late. Maybe Lewis could spend the night. Mom, maybe some other time, okay?
Well, any time you want to come over, you just come over. You have to stay. I mean, who would be a better family for you than us? What do you say, Lewis? He invents practical gadgets, like a peanut-butter-and-jelly gun that makes sandwich preparation a cinch.
He has scared off, by his count, sets of potential parents. In hopes of finally seeing the mother who left him at the orphanage's doorstep, Lewis works tirelessly on a memory machine that projects specific recollections onto a TV monitor.
After a mix up at the school science fair, he winds up having to zoom to the future with a mysterious young boy. Trying to explain the movie's time-traveling plot is as confusing as Terminatorbut the point of the future is to show young Lewis that he fits nicely into a zany family: And when the film's villain -- a mustachioed man with a robotic bowler hat -- unleashes a T-Rex on the family, the clan joins forces to defend the young inventor.
At last, he has a home -- at least in the future. Continue reading Show less Is it any good? The multi-generational relationships, especially in the future, are endearing. The Robinson clan seems loony at first, but as the future continues, they quickly grow on you as exactly the kind of brood Lewis would naturally be drawn to and with good reason, but you have to see it to understand.