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  • Adaptation Displacement: 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 Aesop of the story is "keep moving forward" clearly wasn't paying attention.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Fritz and Petunia's relationship. Is Fritz simply a Cloudcuckoolander for his wife? Or did his wife pass away and the puppet is simply his way of keeping her alive for himself and their children?
      • Some fans interpret that Fritz once had a wife (explaining their two biological children with matching red hair) but she had left him or passed away, and the talking puppet is merely a means as to keep her 'alive' in their family or it could be Fritz's Sanity Slippage.
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    • Is the puppet Petunia capable of talking and moving on its own, or does Fritz have to move her around?
  • Awesome Music: The Alternative Foreign Theme Song "Hitomi Hiraite" by Mitsuki is quite beautiful. Especially if you know the meaning of the lyrics and think of the story of the movie.
    • And of course, the ending theme, "Little Wonders" by Rob Thomas.
    • The song near the beginning, "Another Believer" by Rufus Wainwright, is nothing to sneeze at either.
  • Crossover Ship: It's common, especially in fanfiction, to find Wilbur being shipped with Violet Parr from The Incredibles.
  • Cult Classic: Definitely considered one of Disney's most underrated films, with its quirky characters and heartwarming story winning over plenty of fans in recent years.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse
    • Tiny. Retroactively.
    • Carl, the neurotic, awesome, intelligent robot butler.
    • The Tarantino-esque Frank Sinatra singing gangster frogs.
    • 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 drop dead gorgeous.
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  • Growing the Beard: 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 Dork Age. ''Keep Moving Forward", indeed.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Tiny the T. rex saying he has little arms. Not so funny when you see Jurassic World when the I. rex uses its longer arms to its advantage against Rexie and nearly killing the beloved dinosaur from Jurassic Park.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Bowler Hat Guy must not be a fan of Frozen (2013), as he advises Goob "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 binder was probably meant to show that he never grew up emotionally, but as of 2010 he could be identified as a brony. The fact that his male classmate compliments him on how cool his binder is just reinforces this interpretation.
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    • Controlling a T. rex and a frog using a comically small hat would become more popular one decade after the film.
    • This won't be the last time we see frogs in suits.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I have a big head and little arms!" Explanation 
    • "They all hated me." Explanation (Spoilers!) 
    • "That is an excellent question." Explanation 
    • "Mr. Steak, you're my only friend." Explanation 
    • Keep moving forwardExplanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Doris gets one when she brutally murders Carl in order to steal the memory machine back. This foreshadows 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 Ret-Gone.
  • Name's the Same: No one gets shot out of a cannon like Gaston!
  • One-Scene Wonder: Cornelius/Future!Lewis. He appears only in one of the last scenes in the movie, but he certainly makes his screen time leave an impact for what time he does have.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted with the home console version, which is a rather good action adventure game that is a prequel to the movie, and the Nintendo DS version, which is a third-person shooter with a simplified version of the console game's plot that's pretty fun but got flack for its short length. Played straight with the Game Boy Advance version, which is a mediocre game that switches between side-scrolling action stages and top-down puzzle-oriented stages.
  • Rewatch Bonus: 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 the little girl is Franny in the past, Wilbur was calling his Mom an annoying little girl, and yes, she really does know karate.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Keep Moving Forward". Repeated over and over again both directly and thematically. And it works, especially considering who coined the phrase.
  • Squick: At one point Lewis is almost adopted by his future wife! And he calls her "Mom"...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: 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. Mr. Enter compared it to a television pilot introducing characters with the assurance that they would get fleshed out in future episodes.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: 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.
  • Vindicated by History: While it got good reviews from critics and is largely seen as when Disney's third Dork Age ended, the film barely broke even at the box office (Disney has never disclosed the film's budget), and it became overlooked through the success of Disney's later CGI movies, like Tangled and especially Frozen (2013). However, over the years it has grown to become a major Cult Classic, thanks to its heartwarming story and quirky characters. The movie also would do very well in DVD sales.
  • What an Idiot!: Believe it or not, the entire plot could have been avoided, if Wilbur had just remembered to close the door! Lewis calls him out on this when he finds out.
    • The Harringtons.
    The setup: Lewis brings out his PBJ shooter and explains what it does.
    You'd expect: The Harringtons explain Mr Harrington's allergy and how dangerous it is for him to be around peanuts, thus making Lewis think twice about setting off the machine.
    What happens: The Harringtons simply make excuses to leave, state that the launcher isn't a good idea without elaborating further, and don't immediately hit the dirt when the launcher starts to malfunction.
    The result: Lewis has no idea about Mr Harrington's severe allergy and sets off a harmful reaction, thus putting Mr Harrington in danger and ruining his chance at adoption. You would think such a life-threatening allergy would be the first thing to come up as soon as Lewis said "peanut butter".
    • Also, Doris attempting to outright murder the very same person she owed her existence to, particularly a version who has the ability to change the current future with past choices, was more or less Tempting Fate.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After an abysmal five years, which included closing its legendary traditional animation unit, making a terrible first impression on the All-CGI Cartoon 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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Bowler Hat Guy, when his motivation is revealed. He's Goob, who finally snapped when his life went 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).


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