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Meet the Robinsons

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Source: Catholic News Service

Animated feature adapted from a William Joyce children's book about a futuristically fanciful family, here decked out with a time-travel plot and a comical villain. Director and co-writer Stephen Anderson and six other screenwriters take certain elements from the book and create a yarn about a kid-genius orphan (voiced by Daniel Hansen and Jordan Fry) searching for a family. But Joyce's whimsical absurdity seems a bit silly and doesn't quite gel when forced into a feature-length narrative. Some harmless explosions, a food fight with a dinosaur and a boy thrown off a building to land harmlessly on an invisible platform. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. All ages admitted.

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<p>Born in County Meath in 1629, he studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. After some years of teaching and service to the poor of Rome he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland. Four years later, in 1673, a new wave of anti-Catholic persecution began, forcing Archbishop Plunkett to do his pastoral work in secrecy and disguise and to live in hiding. Meanwhile, many of his priests were sent into exile; schools were closed; Church services had to be held in secret and convents and seminaries were suppressed. As archbishop, he was viewed as ultimately responsible for any rebellion or political activity among his parishioners. 
</p><p>Archbishop Plunkett was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle in 1679, but his trial was moved to London. After deliberating for 15 minutes, a jury found him guilty of fomenting revolt. He was hanged, drawn and quartered in July 1681. 
</p><p>Pope Paul VI canonized Oliver Plunkett in 1975.</p> American Catholic Blog God had a plan even before he created Adam and Eve. God is never caught off guard. He knows all. He sees all. And he is working all things together for the good of his children. Nothing can stop his plan of mercy and love.

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