Meet the Robinsons - 2007

Meet the Robinsons - 2007
Movie Info

Rating: G


Age-appropriateness: some mildly scary sequences


Overview: Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate. Whether it’s adoption, persevering through failure, having empathy towards bullies, or many more incredible themes, this movie provides countless teachable moments.


Themes: family, adoption, creativity, imagination, perseverance, identity, the future, failure, curiosity, selfishness, expressing emotions, dishonesty, bullying

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Adoption. What questions do you have about adoption or the foster care system? Do you know anyone who was adopted?

  • Lewis and Goob were orphans, eagerly anticipating the day of their adoption. No matter what happens in life, you need to know that God loves you and wants to “adopt” you into his family. He wants everyone to be in his family! Romans 8 tells us that, through Jesus, we've "received the Spirit of adoption". Ephesians 2:19 says, "So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family."

  • Here's an article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Vulnerable Children (Adoption/Foster Care).


2. Failure. How can your family celebrate failure when it happens? How can you embrace failure instead of trying to avoid it?


3. Creativity. Have you ever thought about creating an invention? What is it and how might it change the world?

  • Lewis is an inventor. He has so many ideas on how to make this world a better place. He’s incredibly creative and imaginative. Creativity is using your imagination to come up with original ideas.

  • Check out this article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Creativity/Inventions.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Lewis and Goob were orphans, eagerly anticipating the day of their adoption. What questions do you have about adoption or the foster care system? Do you know anyone who was adopted?


2. Lewis is an inventor. He has so many ideas on how to make this world a better place. He’s incredibly creative and imaginative. Creativity is using your imagination to come up with original ideas. Have you ever thought about creating an invention? What is it and how might it change the world?


3. At one point, Lewis thinks that the only person in the world who ever wanted him was his mother. No matter what, you need to know that God loves you and wants to “adopt” you into his family. He wants everyone to be in his family! Romans 8 tells us that, through Jesus, we've "received the Spirit of adoption". Ephesians 2:19 says, "So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family." Have you ever felt like you were unwanted? How does it feel to know that your Heavenly Father will always want you and love you, no matter what?


4. The motto of Robinson Industries, the invention company, is “keep moving forward”. In order to create incredible inventions, Cornelius had to never give up. Is there something that you’ve been wanting to do, but you keep giving up? How can you “keep moving forward” with it?


5. Lewis uses Wilbur’s time machine to travel to the future. What do you think the future will be like? How will our world be better? What are you most looking forward to?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:06 Lewis’s invention malfunctioned and he didn’t end up getting adopted. 124 families have interviewed him and they all passed, leading him to think he has no future. Have you ever had the feeling of not being wanted?


:07 Mildred explained that his mother might have given him up as a baby because she couldn’t take care of him. What questions do you have about adoption or the foster care system?


:10 Lewis doesn’t give up trying to finish his invention for the science fair. Perseverance is the ability to get through difficult tasks. How easily do you give up on hard tasks? How can you convince yourself to keep trying, to keep persevering when you try to create something amazing?


:16 Lewis invented a Memory Scanner. It’s a machine that’s able to retrieve a memory of something that you might have forgotten. Do you have a favorite memory of something wonderful that happened when you were younger? Something you never want to forget?


:27 The Bowler Hat Guy tries to pass off Lewis’s invention as his own. He’s lying for selfish reasons. He’s being dishonest. Proverbs 11:3 says, "Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people." Do you have trouble being honest sometimes? In what ways might dishonesty lead to destruction?


:40 Goob tells the story of his failure during the baseball game. His coach tells him to just “let it go and move on”. But the Bowler Hat Guy tells Goob “not to let it go”. When bad things happen to you, are you able to “let it go” and move on, or do you keep thinking about it and feeling upset?


:51 Lewis fails and the Robinsons actually start celebrating! They aren’t mad, they are quite happy because failure offers an opportunity to learn something new. Failure is a necessary step in the journey to success. How can your family celebrate failure when it happens? How can you embrace failure instead of trying to avoid it?


:58 Lewis expresses his gratitude because the Robinson family sacrificed so much for him. The Robinsons then say they want to adopt Lewis. What do you think Lewis is feeling in this moment? Why is being adopted so important to him?


1:04 We find out that the Bowler Hat Guy is actually who Goob becomes when he grows up. Goob had a traumatic moment in his childhood and it led him to think everyone hated him, when that wasn’t actually true. He got hurt, so he ended up hurting others. Do you know any bullies, any people who are mean to you? If you understood the hard things that happened to that bully, how does that change the way you see them?


1:07 Lewis explains that Goob just focused on the bad stuff that happened to him and it ended up hurting him. Lewis says he should have chosen to “keep moving forward”. Is there any bad thing that has happened to you recently that you need to let go of?


1:14 Even though the Bowler Hat Guy was mean to him, Lewis decided to treat him with kindness and mercy. In Matthew 5:44, Jesus tells us how we should treat mean people: "But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!" How can you show kindness, mercy, and love to your enemies? How can you pray for them?


1:21 There are many people like Mildred in our world: people who are willing to take children into their home when they need help. There are many foster parents, adoptive parents, and orphanages that exist to help kids who need help. Do you know any extraordinary grown ups who spend their time caring for kids who need help? How can you pray for them?