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Tear Jerker: Meet the Robinsons

  • That out-of-the-blue moment when Lewis, Wilbur and Carl are running away from Bowler Hat Guy and Doris, and the pair catch up.
    Carl: Haha! Look at that, boys! We're almost home fr— (harpoon through the chest)
  • The finale when Lewis Cornelius is brought into his room, and you can see in his eyes the realization: This is where I belong. Everything from here on out is going to be all right.
    • Happy tears, it goes without saying. It's enough to pull any lost, forgotten, or downright blue nerd out of their funk.
  • The scene near the end after Doris is defeated and Lewis asks Goob to join the Robinsons. The look on Goob's face as he walks away is so sad.
    • Not to mention Goob's reaction when he learns that Doris was using him the whole time. "I thought Doris was my friend..." Awwww.
  • Lewis tries to fix the PB&J maker and it explodes. The family responds with "You failed! And you did it so magnificently!"
  • During the credits when they showed a quote from Walt Disney, the whole "Keep moving forward." is tear inducing.
  • Also touching is when, after the battle with the T. rex, Lewis says, "Wow. You all risked so much for me," and the family responds, "Of course we did. You are one special kid."
  • One punctuation mark: "?"
  • When Lewis finally gets to see his mother.
  • "Mr. Steak, you're my only friend": If you don't feel sorry for the kid after he says that and hugs the steak like it's his teddy bear, you are one soulless monster.
  • When adult Lewis/Cornelius says that out of all of his world-changing inventions, the memory scanner is the one he's most proud of.
  • The Walt Disney quote at the end that fades out to simply, "Keep moving forward."
    • Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
  • That moment when Lewis's hat comes off and the Robinsons realize that they can't keep him. They also can't tell him why. So Lewis gets rejected by the first people who have accepted him without question and he doesn't understand why.
  • Wilbur blurting out to his mother that he never planned to take Lewis back to find his mom, right in front of him no less. The opening music during that part is so heartbreaking that it makes one want to give Lewis a hug when he hides behind a topiary and begins crying.
    • What hit me was the tone in which Lewis says "You lied to me?" It could be described as a hiss almost but instead of making him sound angry, he sounds legitimately and truly hurt at being used by someone he obviously had come to consider a friend and the fact that this comes after the "Guess we make a pretty good team."/"Yeah...guess we do..." exchange makes it hurt worse. Anyone who has ever felt used (legitimately or otherwise) by someone they considered a friend can totally relate.
  • Wilbur fading from existence because of Doris tampering with the past.
  • Also the scene early on when Lewis is angrily explaining to Mildred why he's a lost cause: he's already failed 124 adoption interviews (and was keeping track) due to prospective couples being put off by his zealous enthusiasm for science. To make matters worse, he's almost thirteen, and he knows it's near impossible for teenagers to get adopted. At this point, he's given up on finding a new family and has resigned to just aging out of the system alone.
    • Mildred's reaction to finding out he's been keeping track. She goes from telling him that he's obviously exaggerating in a playfully affectionate tone to trailing off in a deeply sorrowful voice when he shows her his tally.
    • Lewis' snarl of "No one wants me! My own mother didn't even want me." It really makes you want to hug the poor kid.