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See Some Retroriffic MEET THE ROBINSONS Machines!! (Not The LOST IN SPACE Robinsons...But We Talk About Them, Too!!)

Merrick again... DragonRider23 sent in some developmental art from MEET THE ROBINSONS, which opens at the end of this month. Whenever I hear the title of this film, I instinctively think it's a LOST IN SPACE sitcom - but it isn't. This one has gloomy cities of the future, and a bunch of time machines...all of which you can get a sense of below:

The "feel" of these time machines reminds me of Dino De Laurentiis' FLASH GORDON (which, in turn, took inspiration from elsewhere). Call me a sentimentalist, but I’m kind of a sucker for giant robotic attack spiders. You know, now that I think about it, a pilot for a series called THE ROBINSONS was was a revamped LOST IN SPACE...the pilot was directed by John Woo and never aired. I've seen it. It's not terribly inspired, filled with unnesessarily beautiful people, but it wasn't as altogether awful as one might expect (this isn't to say it was terribly promising, either). There's a really cool explosive decompression shot in it...someone running towards the camera in John Woo slow motion...the bulkhead shatter behind him...he gets sucked into space (more or less in one shot). What does this have to do with MEET THE ROBINSONS? Nothing at all, other than it's about a family named Robinson. Here are some clips from the defunct LIS pilot:

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  • March 3, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST


    by rxse7en

    Does Pixar have a part in all CG features now? Or was this done in the "old" Disney CG studios? B

  • March 3, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Seen it, too.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Of the unaired TV pilots, Darkman was better...

  • March 3, 2007, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Oh the pain...the pain...

    by Master Bruce

    Actually, from what little these clips show of the aborted Lost in Space series, it doesn't look too bad...surprised it never got the chance. Network executives! - Incompetent ninnies!!!

  • March 3, 2007, 8:38 p.m. CST


    by Doc_Strange


  • March 3, 2007, 8:39 p.m. CST

    "Graduated Annapolis. Top of his class."

    by filmcans

    "Okaaay. You're kinda creepin' me out right now!" Because Annapolis is SO FUCKING CREEPY. Shut the fuck up. 10 seconds was all I needed.

  • March 3, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Meet the Robinsons...

    by acebandage

    Let the "Disney ripping off Pixar" begin! This soulless clone of a Pixar film is exactly the reason that Disney needed to throw a grotesque amount of money at Pixar and buy them outright. Makes me want to VOMIT! I wish Pixar had split from Disney so that we could see what they would do without the yoke of Disney's money around their necks. Brad Bird RULES! out.

  • March 3, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Lost in Space...

    by acebandage

    looked like it would have been as good as the movie, without the charm of TV's Joey!

  • March 3, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    "...reminds me of Dino De Laurentiis' FLASH GORDON"

    by adambalm


  • March 3, 2007, 10:24 p.m. CST

    for a pilot? it wasn't too bad...just a little more

    by Datascream

    money and some recasting and some added script tweeking and the show might have taken off [no pun intended]. Too bad though.

  • March 3, 2007, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Isnt this the plot of the "Star Trek Voyager" pilot?

    by Cotton McKnight

    I got misty when I heard "Danger Will Robinson", though. I don't care how bad it is, that... moved me.

  • March 3, 2007, 10:45 p.m. CST

    oh and all that artwork makes me think wherever this is

    by Cotton McKnight

    is the planet where the Iron Giant came from.

  • March 3, 2007, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    Is what the prequels should have looked like. Sorta. : - )

  • March 3, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Not too bad ...

    by Christopher_atUC

    That Lost in Space show doesn't look too bad from those clips. Does anyone know where we might download the entire thing? BitTorrent maybe?

  • March 3, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Where's the break dancing T-Rex?

    by Negative Man

    Because you know that any movie with a break dancing animal is just going to be stellar! *cough*

  • March 4, 2007, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Give me Irwin Allen - or give me DEATH !!

    by RobinP

    I grew up, inasmuch as I grew up, I managed a halfhearted effort at best, watching Lost in Space in the sixties. It was easily the coolest thing on tv at the time, along with Batman and (for us in the UK)Thunderbirds. The film was a bit of a disappointment, where was the ubercool Jupiter 2 (apart from a little stage 1 lip service) ? Why change the robot (but thank Asimov for Dick Tufeld's voice). As for the graphics up above, damn I just LOVE the retro sci-fi look. Count me in. All the way. IN !!!

  • March 4, 2007, 5:40 a.m. CST

    If you've seen shots from the film...

    by cornponious

    you'll know that it doesn't look a THING like this developmental artwork. Sad.

  • March 4, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    All the roundiness of the ships...

    by Otter

    remind me of the Lilo & Stitch ship designs. I remember hearing a designer saying that they wanted to get away from all the sharp edges on their designs. I think they were getting away from sharp edges so the toys from said film wouldn't be ostracised by the consumer product police.

  • March 4, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Wow Disney bashing, haven't

    by Tremor

    Wow Disney bashing, haven't seen any of that his hour. When I see phrases such as "Let the Disney ripping off Pixar begin" I realise just how moronic half the people on this site are. I don't see any similarities between this and Pixar films other than that they're in the same medium. Oh what the hell, let's just slap the Pixar name on the front of this film then I'm sure everyone will love it right? Oops, how cynical of me to think there's ANY form of biased against Disney on this or any other site. Idiots.

  • March 4, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Glad the show never made it.

    by Power_Girl

    Robot looks like shit and all the actors were wrong.

  • March 4, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Lost in Space and BSG

    by Eclipse7015

    When the new LIS pilot was not picked up, Ronald D Moore bought up the Jupiter 2 sets for next to nothing and used them for the CIC onboard the battlestar Pegasus

  • March 4, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by Zip Chickenhead

    You heard the story wrong, James Cameron bought those sets for his Jesus' Tomb Mockumentary. They look so Jerusalemy. The only thing redeeming about the LIS movie was Gary Oldman and Heather Graham's tits. The pilot looked awful (that's the Robot?).

  • March 4, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    No love for the Lost in Space movie?

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I saw it in the theater when it came out, back when I lived in South Austin, and I remember thinking it was reasonably good fun. There was some CGI alien who was all crazy. Then again, maybe the fact I was so fucking high at the time that I was hearing voices had something to do with my overall impressions. Oh how I miss that cheap Mexican brick weed...

  • March 4, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Is that the girl from Friday Night Lights

    by Jor-El23

    in the last clip? Tyra the skank?

  • March 4, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Designs look good, but...

    by Style_92

    What the hell is the movie ABOUT!? All the trailers and commercials are a strung together pieces of non-sequiter gags.

  • March 4, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by acebandage

    You're not going to see any similarities between "Meet the Robinsons" and a Pixar film because it is missing one key ingredient...heart. The comparison I was making was in the fact that the look and the design of the film is quite reminiscient of "The Incredibles", which is not better because it has the Pixar name on it, but better because it was a far superior film! "Meet the Robinsons" looks a lot more like a "Chicken Little" sized failure. A soulless damned creation whose only sin was having no heart. I'm not Disney bashing so much as I am voicing a complete distaste for the corporation and their product. If I were bashing them, I would disrespect all of their films out of hand without judging them on the merit of the work, but by the name that they bear. I just happen to dislike all of Disney's work as a matter of taste. I also dislike yogurt, are you also going to accuse me of yogurt bashing because I dislike all yogurt products?

  • March 4, 2007, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by acebandage

    or maybe you'll just refer to me as moronic because you like yogurt as well as Disney.

  • March 4, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by Valin Kenobi

    I really don't understand the appeal. There's a couple good gags in the trailer, but it all seems half-baked and uninspired--the bastard stepson of The Incredibles, with some Robots, Iron Giant, and Sky Captain thrown in for good measure. And acebandage, I was honestly getting a Chicken Little vibe from this for some reason.

  • March 4, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by acebandage

    That is EXACTLY what I was saying!

  • March 4, 2007, 11:43 p.m. CST're being a little harsh.

    by MCVamp

    After all, yogurt gotta eat.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    I really enjoyed the movie

    by LeviDTinker

    I actually really enjoyed Lost in space the movie. I was disapointed it didnt do that well, although it did open in first place at 20 million back in 1997 i was working as a projectionist at the Muvico Palm Harbor 10 in florida when it opened.LOST in SPACE was the first movie i Built up on my own as a projectionist after a month of training. there was one scene in particular that i allways made a point of being in the back of the auditorium to do a theatre check on. when the robinsons are trying to escape the planet and John Robinson chews up the scenery with the line "WE HAVE TO GO DOWN THROUGH THE PLANET...." oh that movie was so much fun, I thought the ideas they had for the sequal that they talked about on the dvd could have shown some real promise. Its ashame they never reach fruition

  • March 5, 2007, 1:54 a.m. CST

    in fact im going to put the

    by LeviDTinker

    in fact im going to put the DVD on now on my Toshiba DLP home projector right now.

  • March 5, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Get your facts straight You babys...

    by PhantomSpazzz

    John Lassetter from Pixar is now head of all Disney animation and creative, including imagineering for the parks. Once he came onboard he scrapped 60 percent of the Meet the Robinsons movie and started over. He has stated that "Pixar is Pixar and Disney is Disney". and no Disney is not ripping off Pixar ....actually it is Lassetter who has led the way for a brand new state of the art studio being built in California for Disney which will bring back the 2-d hand drawn animation......including shorts (the first bringing back Goofys famous "how to" series....) Aint it cool news talkbackers suck.....your a bunch of babies. WAAAAAAAAA

  • March 5, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Facts? Humbug....

    by Valin Kenobi

    I care not if Walt Disney, Orson Welles, and Gene Roddenberry came back from the grave to make this film. I still say it looks like reheated derivative crap. ____ P.S. : Jimmy Neutron is the other big influence I was trying to put my finger on. Thus making this film the bastard child of Jimmy Neutron and Elastigirl.

  • March 5, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Lou Ferrigno...

    by Tal111

    is fantastic as the voice of the tyrannosaurus!!!

  • March 5, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST

    if you want to talk facts...

    by acebandage

    fact one: Disney bought Lassiter and he is now as much a part of Disney as he is a part of Pixar. fact two: Meet the Robinsons is a DISNEY picture, not Pixar. and as you so eloquently pointed out, "Pixar is Pixar and Disney is Disney" fact three: this movie looks derivitive of many different animated films. Given these facts, along with my opinion that it looks like a derivitive pile of steaming cinematic failure, I am lead to sumise that my prior statements about the flop sweat dripping off of this project are in no way contrary to the facts which you have laid out. Now, if you don't mind, it appears I have made "boom-boom" in my "dipeys" and it is time for baby to go "beddy-by". Waaaa for now, Y'all!