* AdaptationDisplacement: Most people don't realize that this movie was based off a book, but this is somewhat-understandable due to the fact that the movie is only a very loose adaptation.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Anyone who watched the movie without realizing that the [[AnAesop Aesop]] of the story is "keep moving forward" clearly wasn't paying attention.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The AlternativeForeignThemeSong "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfAPeHz3Z3U Hitomi Hiraite]]" by Mitsuki is quite beautiful. Especially if you know the [[http://www.jpopasia.com/lyrics/24287/mitsuki/hitomi-hiraite.html meaning of the lyrics]] and think of the story of the movie.
* EarWorm: "Little Wonders" by Music/RobThomas. It's not a bad song, but boy does it ever get stuck in your head.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Tiny. Retroactively.
** Lizzie, too.
* GrowingTheBeard: While the move has its rough edges, ''Meet the Robinsons'' is now looked at as the start of the "Lasseter Era" and the turning point of Disney's DorkAge. Keep Moving Forward indeed.
* HilariousInHindsight: Bowler Hat Guy must not be a fan of ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', as he advises Goob "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWRMSN1-fyk DON'T let it go]]."
* MemeticMutation: ''I have a big head and little arms!''
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Doris gets one when she brutally ''murders'' Carl in order to steal the memory machine back. This foreshadows [[{{Mordor}} what happens to the future]] as a result of her and Bowler Hat Guy changing it very well.]] Fortunately both of these events get an in-universe RetGone.
* NoYay: People pair Wilbur and Lewis. [[spoiler: The weird time traveling incest doesn't put them off.]]
* OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler:Future!Lewis]]
* RewatchBonus: At the science fair, Wilbur knocks over a box full of frogs and their owner makes him pick them all up. He isn't too pleased, calls her "annoying little girl", and she warns him: "I know karate". It's hilarious on later viewings when you realize [[spoiler: the little girl is Franny in the past, Wilbur was calling his ''Mom'' an annoying little girl, and yes, she really does know karate.]]
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: "Keep Moving Forward". Repeated over and over again both directly and thematically. And it ''works''.
* {{Squick}}: Ummm... well, at one point Lewis is almost adopted by [[spoiler: his future ''wife''!]]
** ''And'' he calls her "Mom"... which is not helped by the fact that the studio took Franny's character model and covered it with a cloak for use as Lewis's mom.
* TrailerJokeDecay: Subverted. While Tiny's line "I have a big head and little arms!" was spammed constantly throughout the film's advertising, the gag stuck with a lot of people regardless.