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Lewis / Cornelius
Voiced by: Jordan Fry, Daniel Hansen (younger), Tom Selleck (Cornelius)The main protagonist and a budding inventor.
- Adorably Precocious Child: He is a responsible, pre-teen kid, and the things he says or when he smiles can melt your heart.
- Adorkable: His "adjustments" to being in the future and style of clothing. Too precious.
- All-Loving Hero: Lewis's dream of inventing doesn't just stem from his love of it, but also how he wants to make the world a better place.
- Badass Adorable: Has his sweet Adorkable moments and is a brilliant inventor.
- Badass Bookworm: His peanut butter and jelly sandwich gun, the memory scanner, fixing the time machine, eventually building Carl the robot, and the other numerous inventions he's done in the future with the Robinson Industries.
- Badass Pacifist: Lewis manages to to stop Doris by simply saying the words, "I am never going to invent you."
- Bungling Inventor: Many of the inventions he's made have not always worked, i.e. the PB&J gun.
- Character Development: Lewis learns that even though he'll fail sometimes, he shouldn't just give up. He has to keep moving forward.
- Child Prodigy: He is ridiculously intelligent. Obviously he develops into a Teen Genius, as he ends up graduating from college at fourteen.
- Create Your Own Villain: Bowler Hat Guy turns to be the his friend, Goob. The reason Goob turned out the way he is, is because he missed the winning catch for his baseball game...because of his tiredness due to being Lewis's guinea pig for his experiments.
- Doorstop Baby: His birth mother left him on the doorstep of the orphanage that he would grow up in for 12 years.
- Dumb Blonde: Inverted. Lewis is a blond who also happens to be one of the smartest characters Disney has ever made.
- Future Badass: What he becomes in the future as Cornelius. Many of the inventions he's built have really helped people. Lewis even learns he has his own invention company.
- Gadgeteer Genius: In the climax, with a newly regained confidence, Lewis manages to fix the time machine, as well as create the future inventions that are used in the future.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Lewis is a blond dorky Nice Guy.
- Happily Adopted: By Dr. Krunklehorn and her husband. The trope gets more cemented, when after the couple surprise Lewis with his new room, he runs to hug them. A family group hug follows.
- Heartwarming Orphan: He doesn't stop hoping that he will get adopted. Which he does.
- Homemade Inventions: Some of his inventions were made in the orphanage he lived in. In fact, in the future, it appears that he still does inventions in the Robinson Household.
- Improbable Hairstyle: For some reason, Lewis's hair is spiky enough to stand on its own. It turns out to be a give away that he's actually Cornelius Robinson.
- Improvised Weapon: Believe it or not, Retcon. By telling Doris he's never going to invent her, Lewis retroactively erases her existence from the space-time continuum, defeating her.
- Kid Hero: The protagonist and he's 12, almost 13.
- Meaningful Rename: He would later change his name to Cornelius.
- My Future Self and Me: Lewis and Cornelius. Confused? Cornelius is the name Lewis gives himself in the future.
- My Greatest Failure: After Goob explains why he "turned evil", Lewis starts seeing his semi-abusive behavior of young Goob as this and fixes it by waking Goob up in time for him to win at an important baseball game.
- Nerd Glasses: He wears the stereotypic round glasses that most scientists or nerds wear.
- Nerds Are Sexy: More like "Nerds Are Cute". Bowtie? Check? Determinator tendencies? Check. His expressions and ideas of being adopted? Check.
- Nice Guy: Lewis has his moments of teen angst, but he's overall a nice and sweet young man.
- Opposites Attract: With Franny.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: Wilbur insists Lewis do this in the future. It's to keep him from being found out!
- Ridiculously Successful Future Self: As Cornelius Robinson. He owns his company that has really made the world progress.
- Science Hero: The hero who has been making his own inventions probably before he was 12.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: After the Bowler Hat Guy messes things up, and then, when he returns to his time, to prevent his Start of Darkness in the first place.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Lewis wears circular glasses and is quite the brainiac.
- Took a Level in Badass: Lewis went from a pre-teen wannabe inventor whose inventions almost never worked to the man who would build all the things to help mankind.
- Took a Level in Idealism: Lewis eventually adopted the "Keep moving forward" philosophy.
Voiced by: Angela BassettThe person who runs the orphanage that Lewis grew up in.
- All There in the Manual: Her last name wasn't revealed in the movie.
- Friend to All Children: There's her first scene with baby Lewis and the fact that she runs an orphanage.
- Good Parents: Or rather "Good Substitute Parent", but there's no doubt that the way Lewis turned out is because of her.
- Hartman Hips: Mildred has rather curvy hips.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Heavily implied given how she was the maid of honor for Lucille at her wedding with Bud.
- Meaningful Name: "Mildred" is Old English for "gentle strength", alluding to her help towards Lewis in letting go of the past.
- Nice Girl: A kind, motherly woman and one of the very firsts to not discourage Lewis's inventions.
- Orphanage of Love: She's the director of the Sixth Street Orphanage and judging by her interactions with Lewis, Mildred is a caring and motherly figure to the children in her care.
- Parental Substitute: Before being officially adopted, Mildred was a positive mother figure for Lewis and the rest of the kids at the orphanage.
Mike "Goob" Yagoobian
Voiced by: Matthew JonsenLewsis's roommate and friend at the orphanage.
- Creepy Child: His anger over losing a baseball game was so scary, it caused the adults coming to adopt him to not do so.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a dry sense of humor.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: As a result of Lewis using him as a guinea pig in his inventions.
- Happily Adopted: His last scene has him prepared to be adopted.
- In-Series Nickname: Often called "Goob".
- My Future Self and Me: He and Bowler Hat Guy. The latter is the version that Goob became after blaming Lewis for all of his problems. Thanks to Lewis's intervention in the past, it's safe to say that, though he'll certainly grow up, Goob won't become Bowler Hat Guy.
- Nice Hat: His green baseball cap.
- Older Than They Look: At first glance, he looks around elementary school age. He's twelve, the same age as Lewis.
- Restrained Revenge: Goob initially decides to get revenge on Lewis by attempting to TP his lab and throw eggs at it. Unfortunately, Doris shows up and persuades him to think bigger than that.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After he meets with Doris, she persuaded him to ruin Lewis's life all for a baseball game. Thankfully, this gets averted after Lewis wakes up Goob to catch the winning ball.
Voiced by: N/ALewis's mother who gave up him up for adoption.
- Missing Mom: She left Lewis at the front door of the orphanage, walking away into the distance.
- Mysterious Past: Information about her background is unknown.
- No Name Given: Her name was never revealed.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She had such an influence on Lewis that it was her that inspired him to invent his Memory Scanner.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: When Lewis asked his future self (Cornelius), if he had ever met her, he answered nervously that Lewis would have to find out for himself, possibly indicating that he did find her at some point before the events of the movie.
The titular, wacky family.
- Badass Family: They attack dinosaurs. One builds huge model trains. One teaches frogs to sing.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The whole family are quite a kind bunch...and you would like them to stay that way.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Each and every one of them is eccentric, but when things get deadly, they get serious.
- Cloudcuckoolanders : All of them to some extent. See Keet and Genki Girl.
- Cool Aunts: Petunia and Billie to Wilbur.
- Cool Uncles: Gaston and Art to Wilbur. Then, Fritz and Joe to Lewis and Wilbur; for the latter, they're his great uncles. They all went to help Lewis and Wilbur when the T-Rex appeared.
- Gaston Framagucci, Wilbur's uncle, is an intergalactic pizza man.
- Art Framagucci, Wilbur's uncle, built the meatball cannon.
- Cool Pets: Their butler named Lefty is an octopus. They have a dog that wears glasses. Eventually, they take in a T-Rex, named Tiny. And who can forget Frankie and the Singing Frogs!
- Genki Girls: All of the female Robinsons have this eccentricity
- It Runs in the Family: The Robinson eccentricity, it would seem.
- Keets: All the male Robinsons have this eccentricity.
- Mama Bear: The female members — When the T-Rex attacks Lewis, the Cloudcuckoolander Robinsons decide to get dangerous.
- Multigenerational Household: Wilbur lives in the Robinson House with his parents, grandparents, great uncles, great aunts, and older cousins.
- Papa Wolf: The male memebers — When the T-Rex attacks Lewis, the Cloudcuckoolander Robinsons decide to get dangerous.
Voiced by: Wesley SingermanThe Robinson member who wants Lewis to fix his memory scanner.
- Badass Adorable: His facial expressions and being able to take down a T-Rex.
- A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Robot; Carl the robot is Wilbur's best friend and the only one Wilbur told about his huge problem.
- Brown Eyes: Gets them from his mother.
- Catch Phrase: One of Wilbur's favorites is "That is an excellent question" (said directly before not answering said question).
- Expy: Of Luis from the animated Future is Wild series.
- Grounded Forever: Franny does this to him:"Mister, you are grounded 'til you die."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Carl.
- I Gave My Word: Lewis makes him promise to bring him to his biological mother after everything has blown over. After everything has been sorted out, Wilbur keeps his promise and brings Lewis to his real mother's house. Thanks to Character Development, Lewis decides to leave it a mystery so he can focus on his other—and in his eyes, true—family.
- Innocently Insensitive: Wilbur should probably be glad Lewis didn't overhear him telling Franny that "he (Lewis)" is an orphan; his tone is almost too casual and treats something deeply painful for Lewis as a footnote.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wilbur has his moments of insensitivity, but he does mean well.
- Kid from the Future: He turns out to be Lewis's future son. Wilbur came back from the future to protect his dad from the Bowler Hat Guy. Things got complicated.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The reason Bowler Hat Guy was even able to steal one of the time machines was because Wilbur left the garage door (which is where the two of them were located) open.
- Nobody Here but Us Birds: Wilbur does this, while trying to get Lewis to not give up on the memory scanner, resulting in Lewis' annoyance.
- Planning with Props: Wilbur does this with Carl, showing how he will get Lewis to restore his confidence in inventing, specifically repair the memory scanner, by getting Lewis to fix the time machine.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Like mother, like son. A light complexion with black hair.
- Ret Gone: Near the end of the film. He turns out to be Lewis's son, and since Lewis gave the Bowler Hat Guy the directions he needed to work the time machine, reality was altered. Lewis never met Franny and so Wilbur was never born. Don't worry, he gets better.
- Rousing Speech: Part of said plan is to give Lewis one of these, so he will fix the memory scanner.
- Time Police: Initially pretends to be one of these to help Lewis stay alert for the Bowler Hat Guy.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Wilbur gets one from his entire extended family when he reveals his friend's Lewis.
Voiced by: Nicole Sullivan, Jessie Flower (younger)The matriarch of the Robinsons, Wilbur's mother, and Cornelius's wife. She teaches frogs music.
- Action Mom: Franny does martial arts during food fights and attacks a Tyrannosaurus rex to protect Lewis.
- Bowties Are Cool: Wears a stylish one as an adult.
- Brainy Brunette: She was able to teach frogs to sing for God's sake!
- Brown Eyes: Showcasing her being the (closest) down-to-earth member of the Robinson family and Wilbur has her eyes.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Lewis met each other when they were still kids, at the science fair.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Wilbur walks into young!Franny near the beginning of the film, and apparently never figures out who she is.
- Friend to All Living Things: Judging by her ambition to teach amphibians to not only speak, but sing as well.
- Happily Married: To Cornelius. Who turns out to be the older Lewis.
- I Know Kung-Fu:Wilbur: Annoying little girl, I don't have time for this. I'm on a very important —Franny: Don't sass me, boy! I know karate!
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: For her future husband, Lewis. Word of God stated that Franny's body model was used for Lewis's mother as well.
- Little Miss Badass: As a child, Franny is able to push around Wilbur, who is much taller and older than she is.
- Mama Bear: As previously mentioned, she attacked a T-Rex when it tried to grab Lewis.
- Nice Girl: Franny is feisty, sweet, and was willing to adopt Lewis the first day she met him. She doesn't because he turns out to be the younger self of her future husband.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Black hair and a light complexion.
- Red Is Heroic: Wears a red bowtie in her head and red heels, she's also one of the good guys.
- Sibling Rivalry: Implied to be this with Gaston.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Heavily implied. When Lewis and Franny first meet at the science fair, Franny gets lovestruck gaze after her future husband tells her he believes in her dream of teaching frogs to sing.
- Tomboy: An expert in karate and would rather teach frogs to sing then play with dolls.
Voiced by: Tom SelleckThe patriarch of the Robinsons, Wilbur's father, and Franny's husband. He is in charge of Robinson Industries.
- Big Good: A brilliant scientist who was responsible for the inventions that led to the good future.
- Badass In Charge: Of Robinson Industries.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: "Keep Moving Forward," was an old saying of Disney, and is plasteres everywhere in 2107.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He met his future wife, Franny, when they were both kids and at the science fair.
- Determinator: He's this with inventing stuff. His motto isn't "Keep Moving Forward" for nothing.
- Henpecked Husband: He has shades of this with his wife. After all, she is always right.
- Hot Scientist: He's pretty darn good looking, even with wearing a labcoat and his signature bowtie.
- Self-Made Man: Thanks to the memory scanner, he was able to show what he could do, even owning his own company and building the inventions in them. Though having a scientist for an adopted mom probably helped matters.
Voiced by: Harland WilliamsThe robot butler and honorary member of the Robinson family.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Towards the end of the movie, Doris kills Carl by impaling him with her arm weapon. Don't worry, he gets better.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wilbur.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Doris, when Carl and Wilbur go to rescue Lewis.
- Light Is Good: Carl is a shiny, golden robot.
- Nice Guy: Carl has shown to be consistently polite and helpful.
- Only Sane Man: He is the least strange member of the household....and he's a robot.
- Pick Your Human Half: Carl is completely robot in appearance and has the character traits of a human.
- Robot Buddy: To the Robinsons, but especially Wilbur. He is considered part of the family, even he's not blood related, and is treated like a Robinson.
- Servile Snarker: He works for the Robinsons and doesn't hide his snarky side.
- Tempting Fate: "Look at that, boys! We're almost home fr—" (gets stabbed through the chest by Doris' claw)
The Extended Robinson Family
Grandpa Bud Voiced by: Stephen Anderson
Grandma Lucille Voiced by: Lauri Metcalf
Uncle Art Voiced by: Adam West
Uncle Gaston Voiced by: Don Hall
Cousin Tallulah Voiced by: Stephen Anderson
Uncle Dimitri and Uncle Spike Voiced by: Ethan Sandler
Cousin Laszlo Voiced by: Ethan Sandler
Uncle Joe Voiced by: Unknown
Aunt Billie Voiced by: Kelly Hoover
Uncle Fritz and Aunt Petunia Voiced by: Ethan Sandler
Lefty Voiced by: Nathan GrenoThe rest of the unique family.
- Car Fu: When the T-Rex attacks Lewis, Billie slams its with her (lifesize) "toy train."
- False Teeth Tomfoolery: When Lewis first meets Grandpa Bud, he is hunting for his false teeth, in quintessential Robinson style.
- Fiery Redhead: Petunia, her "daughter" Tallulah, and her "son" Laszlo. They show their fiery nature when Petunia's children were arguing while painting the house. A few minutes later, Petunia slaps her husband.
- Henpecked Husband: Uncle Fritz. Aunt Petunia berates and smacks him around...which is strange since she looks like just a hand puppet.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Implied with Lucille and Mildred, given of how the latter was a bridesmaid at the former's wedding.
- Large Ham: Uncle Art most of the time, Uncle Gaston when food-fighting with Franny.
- Man Child: Without his PB&J sandwich, Uncle Joe can become one of these:Uncle Art: You don't understand what's at stake here; Uncle Joe's seen the toast![Uncle Joe starts whimpering]Grandpa Bud: We're past the point of no return!Aunt Billie: If he doesn't get PB&J—Aunt Petunia: We all pay!
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Franny's brothers, Gaston and Art, who all have black hair and light complexion.
- Sibling Rivalry: Implied to be this between Gaston and Franny.
- Played straight with Dmitri and Spike in a doorbell ringing contest.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Art Framagucci is tall, muscular, has dark hair, and is quite handsome.
- Ventriloquism: Uncle Fritz, who seems to be the "voice" for his "wife" and puppet, Aunt Petunia.
"Bowler Hat Guy"
"Bowler Hat Guy" Voiced by: Stephen Anderson
The main antagonist who has a mysterious vendetta against Lewis.
- Big Bad: A Big Bad Duumvirate between the Bowler Hat Guy and Doris until it is revealed that the former is an Unwitting Pawn to the latter.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He tries to be this.
- The Corrupter: He tries to serve as this to Goob, telling him to hold onto his resentment. Goob is just confused.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Seems to be the inspiration for his design.
- Didn't Think This Through: Bowler Hat Guy's main downfall is that he doesn't think any of his plans through.
- The Dragon: To Doris; without her assistance, he's virtually a Harmless Villain.
- Even Evil Has Standards: 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.
- Evil Laugh: He's constantly cackling, but instead of making him menacing it highlights how ineffective and pathetic he is.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: We get to see bits and pieces of him growing up from Goob to become Bowler Hat Guy - he starts out reasonably attractive, but then he starts getting lankier and spindlier from stewing incessantly in a cramped, dark room in the abandoned orphanage until he's his Dastardly Whiplash present self.
- Foil: The basic difference between Bowler Hat Guy and Lewis ( especially Lewis' future as Cornelius) is the essence of the movie's moral: while Lewis suffers failure after failure yet learns to Keep Moving Forward and not give up on his dreams, Bowler Hat Guy never moved past one nasty setback, keeping himself from ever finding happiness or success. Lewis points this out after the Motive Rant, but Bowler Hat Guy chooses to keep blaming other people for his problems.
- Freudian Excuse: Mike blamed Lewis for making him miss the winning ball for his team, which got him beaten up. The loss took such a toll on him that he never got adopted and stayed in the orphanage until he hit his thirties.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The director's commentary states that jealousy of Cornelius Robinson is Bowler Hat Guy's entire motivation for his villainy.
- Harmless Villain: Until he meets Doris, and even then he is hopelessly incompetent at being evil.
- Heel–Face Turn: When Lewis shows him the Bad Future, and of course, when his Start of Darkness is erased from history.
- Indy Ploy: His attempts to pass off Lewis's invention as his own, and using Mini-Doris to make zombified slaves out of Frankie the Frog and the T-rex come across as these.
Inventco CEO: Uh, what do you hope to accomplish with this?Bowler Hat Guy: Oh, nothing of consequence, I simply wish to... crush the dreams of a poor little orphan boy! [pauses] Uh, after that, it's... uh, a little fuzzy.CEO: You mean you haven't thought this through?
- Lampshaded throughout the movie by the Inventco CEO, Frankie, and T-rex:
- At the Inventco offices:
B.H.G.: Now, my slave, seize the boy! Bring him to me. [Frankie gulps]B.H.G.: Did you not hear what I said, you idiot? Grab the boy and bring him!Frankie [in a monotonous robotic voice]: 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... Master? Master?
- By Frankie:
B.H.G.: What's going on? Why aren't you seizing the boy?T-Rex: I have a big head, and little arms, I'm just not sure... how well this plan was thought through... Master?B.H.G.: Ugh, stupid, stupid, stupid!
- And T-Rex:
- Lampshaded throughout the movie by the Inventco CEO, Frankie, and T-rex:
- In-Series Nickname: Everyone, or at least Wilbur and Lewis, refers to him as "Bowler Hat Guy," or "Goob" when he was a child.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He tries so hard.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: His and Doris's main goal is to destroy Lewis' future, which turned out utopian the first time.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Ultimately, Doris' manipulation of Bowler Hat Guy sets off a chain of events through time travel which result in her getting erased from existence, along with what caused Bowler Hat Guy's descent in the first place.
- Obsessed Are the Listmakers: Bowler Hat Guy loves checklists and is often seen ticking off items in his, such as "Steal time machine", "Ruin science fair", and "Get that [comic book swearing symbols] boy".
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Bowler Hat Guy doesn't get a name until about 2/3 of the way through the movie, for spoileriffic reasons.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Bowler Hat Guy never let one childhood trauma go and thus kept a child-like mentality.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The recipient of this at the end.
- Straw Loser: Bowler Hat Guy doesn't shower, doesn't even bother to think his evil plans through, and initially couldn't think of any way of revenge more effective than throwing eggs and toilet paper at the Robinson Industries sign.
- Unwitting Pawn: Bowler Hat Guy to Doris. Turns out Doris was only using Bowler Hat Guy's hatred for Lewis to trick him into getting the time machine, so he could he use it to steal one of Lewis's inventions and make a lot of money. Then, Bowler Guy would use the money to build more Dorises. Then, the real Doris would have her clones enslave the humans.
- Unreliable Narrator: When explaining his Start of Darkness to Lewis. While his fellow baseball players apparently beat him up for not catching the winning ball, some parts are still inaccurate to what we see onscreen.Kid: Hey Goob, what's up? Nice binder.Another Kid: Hey Goob, you wanna come over to my house today?Bowler Hat Guy (voiceover): They all hated me.
- Walking Spoiler: You might notice there's a lot of white, given both Bowler Hat Guy's identity and Doris' evil plan have plot implications.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: When his motivation is revealed. Goob, who finally snaps when his life goes downhill due to Lewis unintentionally causing him to miss the ball. Even if he's not intending for the world to hit the Bad Future that The Man Behind the Man is trying for, the fact is, he is still looking to deliberately ruin the man responsible for much of the awesome tech that the future runs on, thereby making a future that's much less advanced (if not quite a Crapsack World).
Voiced by: Ethan SandlerBowler Hat Guy's partner.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: She was invented to be as helpful as Carl, but she teams up with Mike, and is ultimately revealed to be the true Big Bad.
- Cyber Cyclops: She is a robotic bowler hat with one eye.
- Dark Is Evil: She's a black, robotic bowler hat.
- Do-Anything Robot: She has a massive array of attachments, including spider legs, a display screen, miniature versions of itself, night vision goggles, a toothbrush, and screwdrivers.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Doris only teamed up with Mike so that she can rule over humanity.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Doris appears to be this to Bowler Hat Guy for most of the movie. She's actually the one who's manipulating him in her own plan for world domination.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: We can only understand her by her beeps... which isn't saying a lot.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Her and Bowler Hat Guy's main goal is to destroy Lewis' future, which turned out utopian the first time.
- The Man Behind the Man: Or rather, the hat atop the man.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Inverted; the apparent Big Bad is the loser, while Dor 15 is a Hypercompetent Sidekick.
- Puff of Logic: Doris's "death".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When she's angry her optical unit glows red.
- Unnecessarily Creepy Robot: Dor-15 looks like a spider and moves like one too.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the Bad Future, she pulls this on Mike.