Movie Meet the Robinsons

Watched 20100504 (Netflix)
Meet the Robinsons (2007)

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20100504: [20151015 Edit]
Minus the way the movie dealt with time travel, this movie was fun to watch.

Of course, time travel is the part that is fun to talk about. Long story short, this movie can't decide what type of time travel it wants to work with. First there's the consistent type of time travel - where everything that has happened by time travel, is already in place and isn't nothing is actually being changed. The prime example of this is Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Typically the characters involved do not realize their actions were predestined until the story is brought to a full circle. Also knowing something about the future will be part of the cycle that produces exactly how events play out.

Another type of (sci-fi) time theory assumes a frontier of time where changes can be made. Such a theory allows for going to any point in time and make changes, but no matter how hard one tries, one is unable to run into an inconsistency. For example, if you tried to kill your father, you'd always end up failing.

In any case, let's examine the flaw (paradox) of this movie. First, can this movie subscribe to the first theory of time? Well, near the end of the movie, Lewis (protagonist) thinks to himself to simply not invent Doris. So then Doris disappears and everything returns to normal. But if Doris isn't invented, then Bowler Hat Guy wouldn't go back in time and Lewis would not have a reason to not invent Doris. Thus, there can not be a full circle - at least involving one timeline.

In addition, Lewis also fixed the reason for Goob's return to the past. If Goob didn't return (with Doris), then Lewis would have yet another reason not to invent Doris.

While trying to analyze the movie using multiple timelines may be viable, I figure its just a Disney movie and its best just to enjoy it at face value.

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