Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Meet The Robinsons - Complete Surprise

I recently watched Disney's "Meet the Robinsons," just, I thought, to see the animation. I was pleasantly surprised to find a very wonderful story. Sure, it is filled with silly kids' stuff (to make it marketable), but underneath it all was a story line about a young boy's critical decision on his world view, especially with regards to being backward looking (to the past in an attempt to find his birth mother who left him on the orphanage's doorstep for some "unknown" reason) or forward looking.

The plot centers on Louis' attempt to build a memory scanner so he can unlock deep memories of his birth mom. He is a scientific genius at 12, and therefore has not been adopted since he's a little too "special" for most people. He is visited by a strange teen-ager from the future, Wilbur, who insists some evil guy is after him and his memory scanner. Louis then becomes obsessed with using Wilbur's time machine to go and meet his birth mom, but Wilbur is obsessed with getting Louis to the science fair with his scanner. The whole struggle is that one kid wants to go back because he "thinks" he can fix something, but the other kid, from the future, has something Louis doesn't have...the truth...and he knows Louis future is dependent on something (the science fair) that Louis in his ignorance thinks is unimportant. all reminded me how often we ignore God's truth and embrace our own ignorance.

I can't tell you how many people I've met who are "stuck" in the past in regret, or bitterness, and their lives are paralyzed. The statement that kept being repeated throughout this story is "keep moving forward," sort of like what Paul writes in Philippians 3:12-14. At the end of the movie, Louis has to make the decision whether to meet his birth mother or embrace the future. All in all, it was a great message, even though you have to wade through a fair amount of silly stuff to get to it. Here is the video of one of the best songs in the soundtrack that sums up the movie's message....

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