the inspirational pull of ‘meet the robinsons’

(This blog post is part of the Inspirational Heroes Blogathon.)


The main gist of ‘Meet the Robinsons’ is this: twelve-year-old Lewis was abandoned as a baby and has since become an inventor.  Through a bunch of complicated circumstances, he ends up traveling to the future where he meets a weird, wacky, wonderful family – the Robinsons.  Adventures and life lessons ensue.


Lewis is such a great hero, but he’s not perfect.  He gets angry and disregard’s Wilbur’s warnings about Bowler Hat Guy, but in the end, he does so much good.  Like being willing to adopt BHG?  Awesome.  And then when he does that thing to help Goob at the end?  SO AWESOME.  He’s such a good-hearted person and his choices, resolve, and dedication never fail to inspire.

One bit in ‘Meet the Robinsons’ that always sticks out to me is when Lewis tells Bowler Hat Guy/Goob that instead of focusing on the past and blaming Lewis for everything bad that ever happened to him, Goob should have looked to the future and, you know, kept moving forward.  It’s excellent advice for people in general and villains in particular. 😉  Anyway, Lewis definitely takes his own advice to heart when he finally makes peace with his birth mother (just not in the way you might expect).

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And when Lewis comes back from the future, he works so hard and finally gets adopted and it’s just…gah.  I love this movie so much!  There’s a reason I try to watch it every New Year’s Eve – it always brings such a sweeping sense of optimism and inspiration.

Rarely have I watched a movie that inspires me as much as ‘Meet the Robinsons’.  The main theme of the film is to ‘keep moving forward’, to never let failure block the path to success, to learn from your mistakes and utilize that knowledge.  As I’m a writer, those are especially valuable lessons, but they can be applied to every person and every profession at some time or another.

Watch ‘Meet the Robinsons’.  And be endlessly inspired.


23 thoughts on “the inspirational pull of ‘meet the robinsons’

  1. I agree. I sobbed and the quote at the end credits leaves me sobbing even more. I didn’t come from your all American wholesome loving type of family. This movie gave me hope to keep on living. ok I am going to cry again….

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  2. Very interesting thoughts here! Last time I watched this movie, I was kind of a kid, so I don’t really remember anything sticking out at me. I have since become a writer (and a more or less reasoning adult) who learned to view things from those perspectives, so I will watch this again soon and ‘rediscover it’. 🙂
    I do remember being touched by the parts involving the main character with his mother, but I can’t really discuss it much, as I don’t remember it. 😀
    I absolutely love watching kids/animated movies as a writer. So many things are simplified in these stories, yet they are still such powerful themes, and a person can learn a LOT about plots, villains, and heroes from them. Yep. For sure.
    Thank you for the post!


    1. I hope you have fun rediscovering this great film! The parts with Lewis and his mother are some of the most emotional, in my opinion. Thanks for your lovely comment. 🙂


  3. I didn’t like the movie as much as you do, but there’s a chance I’d like it more a second time. It certainly handles the message of perseverance better than pretty much anything else I’ve seen. That alone can make it inspiring.


  4. I just watched this for the first time a few weeks ago, and I gotta say… I loved it!!! All the plot twists and everything. I was so pleasantly surprised. I hadn’t been expecting much, but I really liked it!


  5. I’m a big fan of animated film, so I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’ve never seen “Meet the Robinsons”. It sounds like a perfect film to kick off a new year – thanks!


  6. Don’t watch enough kids movies. Comes from never having had kids myself, I guess. Although I have gone to see a few based on an attraction to the idea of the plot. The time travel aspect would intrigue me. Good review.


    1. Thanks. 🙂 The time travel in here is an excellent element of the plot – I enjoy time travel stories as well.

      And thanks for the blogathon!


  7. Lovely post, Eva!

    I would never have heard of this movie–much less watched it–if it hadn’t been for you. And it inspired me, too ❤


    1. I’m so glad you’ve seen/enjoyed this. And even more glad that I introduced it to you! I did the same thing for Hamlette as well. 🙂


  8. My older sister and I saw this in a theater when we were really young, so it has always held a special space in my heart.

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts!!


  9. Awww, what a great choice for a New Year’s movie! You know, Lewis’ “keep moving forward” attitude reminds me of Narnia — Onward and upward!

    Thanks for joining the blogathon 🙂


    1. My cousins got me into the habit/tradition and I’ve never looked back. 🙂

      *sigh* I wish I could’ve liked Narnia more. 😛

      Thanks for hosting the blogathon (and Quiggy as well). It’s such a great idea.


      1. I’m not the hugest Narnia fan either, but I think that’s because I first read them when I was a teen instead of a younger kid. My 10-year-old loves them, and my 7-year-old is starting to.

        This one was Quiggy’s idea!


      2. I read some of them as a teen as well, so that’s also probably why I didn’t enjoy them too much. I did love The Screwtape Letters, though, so it’s not a problem with Lewis himself.


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