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,
he realizes that the only person who could ever love him and want him would be his own mother!
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.
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.
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!
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
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,
witnesses a brain surgery,
and even attends a college class.
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!
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.
For these reasons, let us never forget our teachers, especially not this one, the college professor!