Meet the Robinsons ★★★

Coming off of a series of real duds ("Home on the Range," "Chicken Little") it's interesting to see Disney Animation start to bounce back with "Meet the Robinsons." Wacky, silly, and wearing its heart on its sleeve, the film succeeds more than it misses, with some nice messages about moving forward, not letting failures stop you, and surrounding yourself with the sort of people you WANT to be with, not who you feel you *should* be with. (There's also a nice statement about obsession and the ramifications it can take on others standing within the "blast zone.")

The animation looks more than a little shoddy at times, but I'm not sure if that's due to the film's place as Disney's early transition into 3D/CGI over hand-drawn cel animation, or it's just the technology of the time now showing its age.

Stray thoughts:
• I'm always on board for anything William Joyce related/designed
• There are some genuinely creepy images in the climax, with a nice neo-Matrix bent to it
• Who doesn't want to travel by bubble?!
• The soundtrack includes songs penned and/or performed by Rufus Wainwright, Jamie Cullum, Danny Elfman, the All-American Rejects, and Rob Thomas which is a wacky mix, but actually works really well together and provides an excellent, very affecting musical palette.