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* 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.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: 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.
* CrossoverShip: It's common, especially in fanfiction, to find Wilbur being shipped with Violet Parr from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
* 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, the girl with the fire ant display which will only bite her enemies.
** And, of course, Franny. Partly for being a super cool, adult {{tomboy}}, but mostly for being [[MsFanservice drop dead gorgeous]].
* GrowingTheBeard: While the movie 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. ''[[ArcWords 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]]." Becomes more hilarious when you find out the voice of Bowler Hat Guy also voices Kai (one of the royal family's servants) in ''Frozen''.
** Bowler Hat Guy's unicorn notebook was probably meant to show that he never grew up emotionally, but as of 2010 he could be identified as a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic brony]].
%%* LoveItOrHateIt
* MemeticMutation:
** ''I have a big head and little arms!''
** ''They all hated me.''
** ''That is an excellent question.''
** ''Mr. Steak, you're my only friend.''
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Doris gets one when she brutally ''murders'' Carl in order to steal the memory machine back. This foreshadows [[BadFuture 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]]
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames Averted]] with the home console version, which is a rather good action adventure game that is a prequel to the movie, and the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS version, which is a third-person shooter with a simplified version of the console game's plot that's pretty fun but [[ItsShortSoItSucks got flack for its short length]]. Played straight with the UsefuloNotes/GameBoyAdvance version, which is a mediocre game that switches between side-scrolling action stages and top-down puzzle-oriented stages.
* 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'', especially considering [[Creator/WaltDisney who coined the phrase]].
* {{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.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: A whole ''family's'' worth; each of the Robinsons gets just enough screentime to see their persona, but not enough to really flesh them out. [[WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter Mr. Enter]] compared it to a television pilot introducing characters with the assurance that they would get fleshed out in future episodes.
* 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.
* WinBackTheCrowd: After an abysmal five years, which included closing its legendary traditional animation unit, making [[Disney/ChickenLittle a terrible first impression]] on the AllCGICartoon market and very nearly losing Pixar, Disney (and a little change in management. Thanks, John Lasseter!) proved to its fans that they were still capable of making good movies.