Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters #47: The College Professor

college professor meet the robinsons

We are at the 47th film in the animated Disney Canon, “Meet the Robinsons”. Released in 2007, the film wasn’t a huge mega-hit, and I guess it wasn’t really an embarrassing flop either. But in terms of Disney Canon quality, many people put this one pretty low on the list! And…yeah, it’s definitely no masterpiece, but I really enjoy this movie! Maybe, it’s the family element, maybe it’s the time travel element, maybe it’s the overall fun, I dunno!

Oh, let me talk about the film for those of you who haven’t seen it or have no idea what I’m talking about.

The film is about a young 12 year-old boy named Lewis. He lives in an orphanage and has lived there ever since his mom dropped him off there when he was a baby. And like all orphans, he desperately wants to be adopted and have a family of his own. But after 124 rejections,

Poor kid! His rejections are mainly due to his inventions that never seem to work!
Poor kid! His rejections are mainly due to his inventions that never seem to work including this faulty “peanut butter and jelly gun”!
Don't you mean, "It's jellied!"?
Don’t you mean, “It’s jellied!”?

he realizes that the only person who could ever love him and want him would be his own mother!

Yeah, the mother who gave him up when he was a baby (and looks like a member of the) would definitely want him back!
Yeah, the mother who gave him up when he was a baby (and looks like a member of the Nazgûl) would definitely want him back!

So what does he do? He decides to create a memory scanner so that he can go into the farthest annals of his brain and extract his earliest memories of what his mother looked like in order to find her.

Am I the only one who thinks that he infiltrated a college dorm filled with hippopotami?
Am I the only one who thinks that he infiltrated a college dorm filled with hippopotamuses?

But trouble finds its way into the plot when a 13 year-old boy named Wilbur comes to Lewis and tells him that he’s from the future and has come back to the past in a time machine.

Many a girl's fictional crush...maybe?
Many a girl’s fictional crush…maybe?

Why has Wilbur come back in time? Well, apparently there’s an evil villain known as “The Bowler Hat Guy” who has stolen another time machine in order to come back in time and destroy Lewis’ memory scanner. Why? Well, I won’t spoil it!

He's got the evil villainy mustache. He's got the bowler hat. He's a guy. He must be our villain, the evil "Bowler Hat Guy"!
He’s got the evil villainy mustache. He’s got the bowler hat. He’s a guy. He must be our villain, the evil “Bowler Hat Guy”!

The rest of the plot is kinda hard to follow, but in an effort to prove to Lewis that he is indeed from the future, Wilbur takes Lewis back to the future

Sorry, but how could I NOT have used this joke?
Sorry, but how could I NOT have used this joke?

wherein they crash the time machine thereby preventing Lewis from ever returning back to his proper time unless he actually fixes the machine. While in the future, he meets Wilbur’s family all the while trying to dodge the evil plans of “The Bowler Hat Guy” who has followed him back to the future.

Now, to the focus of the post: our forgotten/minor character! When Lewis decides to create a memory scanner, he kinda has to obtain knowledge on how the human brain works. After all he’s just a 12 year-old kid at an orphanage. So how does he obtain the required knowledge? Well, he visits the library,

I wonder if he meets Belle!
I wonder if he meets Belle!

witnesses a brain surgery,

At least, I think it's a brain surgery!
At least, I think it’s a brain surgery!

and even attends a college class.

I miss those 16-student classes that took place in huge classrooms!
I miss those 16-student classes that took place in huge classrooms!

This brings me to the forgotten/minor character, the college professor! He’s briefly seen and not even heard, but I wonder exactly how he feels/reacts to having a 12 year-old person enter his class! And not just any 12 year-old, but somebody who hasn’t even paid the necessary tuition nor even registered at the university!

"I'd like to welcome you all to Brain Sci. 101. I'm Professor Schultzman and I will be your professor for this semester. Now, is this the first semester for anybody here?"
“I’d like to welcome you all to Brain Sci. 101. I’m Professor Schultzman and I will be your professor for this semester. Now, is this the first semester for anybody here?”

meet the robinsons class

"Well, I'd like to personally welcome you to Midtown University. Don't get us mixed up with Monsters University, that's down the road. Ha Ha! I'm hilarity's progeny! So would you like to introduce yourself to the class?"
“Well, I’d like to personally welcome you to Midtown University. Don’t get us mixed up with Monsters University; that’s down the road. Ha Ha! I’m hilarity’s progeny! So would you like to introduce yourself to the class?”
"My name is Wilbur and I'm a 12 year-old boy living at the orphanage and I've made it my duty to learn all that I can about the human brain in order to create a memory scanner so I can look into my farthest memories and see what my mother looks like in an effort to find her and get her to adopt me back!"
“My name is Lewis and I’m a 12 year-old boy living at the orphanage and I’ve made it my duty to learn all that I can about the human brain in order to create a memory scanner so I can look into my farthest memories and see what my mother looks like in an effort to find her and get her to adopt me back!”
"Uhh......."
“Uhh…….”
"Oh, and I'd love to be given extra credit assignments to greatly improve my knowledge!"
“Oh, and I’d love to be given extra credit assignments to greatly improve my knowledge!”
"Sigh....(Why do I always get these child prodigies?)!"
“Sigh….(Why do I always get these child prodigies?)!”

And in the end, if/when Lewis becomes successful (I won’t spoil it), I can imagine that our friend, the college professor, will definitely remember that he was probably the main source of knowledge from which Lewis obtained his information.

"Funny story class! About 15-20 years ago, I once had a 12 year-old kid in my class! I'm serious! I have no idea how he got in the university! I still believe that he was the principal's son sent to spy on my teaching skills. Ah...good times, good times!"
“Funny story class! About 15-20 years ago, I once had a 12 year-old kid in my class! I’m serious! I have no idea how he got in the university! I still believe that he was the principal’s son sent to spy on my teaching skills. Ah…good times, good times!”

For these reasons, let us never forget our teachers, especially not this one, the college professor!

16 thoughts on “Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters #47: The College Professor”

  1. It’s funny, I just watched this movie again over the weekend and while I laughed at the clip in the montage of Wilbur in college, when I first saw your post I didn’t even recognize the professor. I love his mildly puzzled look in the pic you use. “Keep moving forward!”

    1. Thanks for the comment! Yeah, usually the characters that I pick for the forgotten/minor characters are ones that when I re-watch the film, I’ve forgotten about. And I too just watched this film a few days ago and when I was working on getting the screenshots today, I didn’t recognize the college professor either, lol!

      Oh, and I believe you mean “Lewis”, not Wilbur.

      Keep Moving Forward! Just Keep Swimming! And one of my personal favorites: Don’t Be a Mediocrity! (from “The Sword in the Stone”)

  2. I really like this movie!!! I almost forgot about this professor!! One of my favorite parts in the movie is when the t-Rex is chasing him and he goes into a corner and the Dino says: “I’ve got a big head and little arms!!” Hahah!! Love it 🙂

  3. Ok so I’m almost a month late to this party but I have to tell you, I may have mentioned it before, Meet the Robinsons is seriously one of my all time favorite Disney movies. I know it doesn’t have very good reviews but I really do love it. I love the future-y music and the future-y characters. I love the Keep Moving Forward part. I just love the movie! I was looking for it on DVD for a while and actually left my name and number with a couple of places until they finally got a copy for me. I may or may not have watched it multiple times. 🙂

  4. Omg I love Meet The Robinsons! It’s one of my top 10 Disney movies, not to mention top 10 animated movies of all time! Don’t get why this movie doesn’t get much recognition! I love everything about it including the soundtrack, the message(Keep Moving Forward), the animation, the story and the characters(my favorite character being either Uncle Art or Frankie The Frog)! I rate Meet The Robinsons 10 out of 10 stars!

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