What is it about Disney films and the whole dead/lost mother thing? I'm not one of those moms who won't let their kids watch Disney films because they're too traumatic, or too merchandise-heavy, or too much a sign of the coming of the apocalypse or whatever, but I swear, everytime I hear there's a new Disney film coming down the pike, the first thing I think is "wonder how they're going to kill off the mom this time?" Anyhow.

That minor quibble aside, I enjoyed Meet the Robinsons. I didn't review the film theatrically, and for whatever reason we never ended up taking the brood to when it was out, so reviewing the DVD was both my and my kids' first chance to see it, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We've had it on several times now, and so far, I haven't had any urges to rip the DVD player out of the entertainment center yet, so that's gotta be a good sign.

On the other hand, though, I also have a fairly high tolerance for High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and other kidfare. I know, it's probably some kind of double-standard that should get me banned from the cool kids' lunch table that I can even stomach High School Musical, which I guess I'm supposed to hate or risk losing my "serious film buff" cred, but I tend to judge kid movies by two rules: 1) did my kids like it? and 2) can I stomach repeated viewings of it? I also consider things like the storyline, the characters, the music, and whether or not the film is dumbed-down too much or filled with stereotypes, but if my kids hate it or it makes me cringe from the opening song, I'm probably not going to get that far.