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Michael "Goob" Yagoobian
Background information
Feature films Meet the Robinsons
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators John Ripa (child)
Dick Zondag (adult)
Voice Matthew Joston (child)
Stephen J. Anderson (adult)
Performance model
Designer William Joyce
Inspiration Old melodrama villains
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Bowler Hat Guy
Personality Tired, sarcastic (child)
Immature, short-tempered, sneaky (adult)
Appearance (as a child; in the present): Small, slender, brown hair, black eyes, thin brown eyebrows, baseball uniform consisting of green baseball cap with both a black visor and an olive Apatosaurus design on it, green long-sleeved shirt, periwinkle jersey with a green Apatosaurus logo on his left chest, each lining on both its neckline and both sides on it, and 3 white buttons vertically on it, periwinkle pants, black stockings, dark gray baseball shoes, and chocolate belt, brown baseball glove
(as an adult; in the future): Slender, half bald, brown hair and a few hair strands on his bald spot, thick brown eyebrows, black eyes, thinly mustachioed, dark gray jumpsuit, gray heeled boots Arab-style, black cape with both crimson linings and button
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Lewis' roommate (formerly)
Little League baseball champion (at the end)
Alignment
Alignment Bad, later good
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To win the game with his team (as a child)
To get revenge on Lewis (as an adult; formerly)
Home
Relatives
Pets
Allies Lewis, Wilbur
Minions Doris (formerly)
Enemies Lewis (formerly), Wilbur Robinson (formerly), Doris
Likes Revenge, destroying Robinson Industries (formerly; as an adult), baseball, winning (as a child)
Dislikes Baseball loss, getting beat up, destroying Robinson Industries (currently; as an adult)
Powers and abilities
Weapons
Fate Gets his future changed to a brighter one when Lewis wakes his younger self up at the game.
Quote "I have an appointment with destiny."

Michael "Goob" Yagoobian (a.k.a. the Bowler Hat Guy) is the main antagonist turned tritagonist from Disney's 2007 film Meet the Robinsons. He is voiced by Stephen J. Anderson (as an adult) and Matthew Joston (as a young boy).

Background

Physical Description

He is a tall, skinny man often seen wearing a bowler hat and suit.He is commonly dressed in black as an adult.

Personality

As a young boy, Michael is more interested in baseball than his roommate's inventing hobby. However, after he missed the winning catch, his fury became uncontrollable as he was constantly in a bad mood. Once the orphanage shut down, as time progressed (and as he grew up), his resentment of Lewis grew.

Appearances

Meet the Robinsons

Michael Yagoobian is Lewis's roommate and is kept up all night helping Lewis on his memory scanner. As a member of the local Little League team, Goob never really takes an interest in his roommate's inventing.

The last game of the season occurs on the same day as the Science Fair. During the 9th inning, he falls asleep and misses the winning catch. The players beat him up and he never lets it go. No one wants to adopt him since he is so angry. He also believes that everyone hates him, despite a few that are willing to become a friend, he is too angry to notice. Months later, the orphan home is closed down and he is left behind.

He spends the next 30 years in the orphanage, never changing out of his baseball uniform and listening over the radio tormenting himself listening to Lewis's success. He finally decides that his current situation is Lewis' fault, reasoning that if Lewis did not work on his project keeping him up all night, he would've caught the ball and could've been adopted. He threw eggs and toilet-papers Robinson Industries as a pathetic attempt at revenge. Then, he meets Doris, who tells her story about being a helping hat, a slave to humans. She says that she is capable of more things, but Cornelius did not see her as anything else she was capable of doing. Cornelius thought she was shut down, but she escaped the lab and swore revenge, plotting to steal the Robinsons' time machine. Realizing his simple plan was inferior to what Doris had in mind, Goob added in the sabotage of the Science Fair to the hat's scheme. The two joined forces, and Goob took on the identity of Bowler Hat Guy.

He steals the time machine from the Robinsons rather easily when Wilbur fails to listen to his mother and forgets to lock the garage door. He ruins the science fair where Lewis is presenting his memory scanner, then steals the device and takes it to Inventco. Since he doesn't know anything about the scanner, he is thrown out, and at Doris' suggestion, they start to track Lewis for help. Upon discovering that Wilbur had followed them to the past, and was now gone, they return to the future and land invisible in the Robinsons' lawn. When Doris leaves to get Lewis out of the Robinson house, she gives him control of a mini-Doris so that he can accompany her without leaving the time machine. After spying Lewis, Doris flies off on her own, while Goob ponders how to get him out of the house. After finding a bar of frogs, he has an idea of taking control of Frankie and using him to intercept Lewis and bring him to Goob. This fails as Frankie is too small to grab Lewis. After dismissing Frankie, a garden structure gives him the idea to go back in time and steal a T-Rex named "Tiny". He then sends him controlled by Mini-Doris after Lewis. With the help of the Robinsons, Lewis and Wilbur defeat Tiny and Mini-Doris is taken away by the frogs to her presumed destruction, while Doris chastises Goob for his plan. However, they seize their chance when Lewis is walking away from the Robinson family after being seemingly betrayed, Goob promising to use the time machine to take him back to see his mother if he will repair the memory scanner. Wilbur's arrival makes Lewis angry enough to agree, and Goob flies them in the time machine to his old orphanage home. After Lewis fixes the memory scanner, Doris ties him up and takes him prisoner, and then Goob tells his story. Carl and Wilbur save Lewis, but before they can reach the house, Doris impales Carl and steals back the memory scanner, and Goob pauses just long enough to taunt them before going back to the past.

Goob successfully passes off the memory scanner as his own, and then presents the idea of helping hats to Inventco. Sometime shortly afterwards, the helping hats begin terrorizing the people, and a horrified Goob asks Doris about it. But Doris, having no more use for Goob, sics several hats on him and presumably kills him. This future is edited, however, after Lewis uses the time machine to go back to before it was set in motion.

At the point in time immediately after Goob signs the contract and makes the invention his own, Lewis appears and tells him that Doris is using him and will kill him after getting what she wants. Goob sees Doris being destroyed after Lewis promises he will never invent her. Lewis then shows Goob the industrial, smog-filled future that Doris would have created, which fades after a few seconds thanks to Lewis's intervention in the past, restoring the original, peaceful future. Then Goob leaves, wondering what to do next despite Lewis getting Wilbur to offer to have the Robinsons adopt him. He leaves his binder behind with his checklist and one unchecked box that has a question mark next to it.

Upon returning to the past, Lewis, instead of going straight to the Science Fair, heads to the ball field where young Goob is sleeping. Lewis yells at him, waking him up and Goob catches the ball he missed before, winning the game and negating the events that led to his transformation into the Bowler Hat Guy. Goob is shown as a much happier person afterwards, no longer having a reason to be so furious. He is seen carrying around his trophy and getting adopted by the Hendersons, a couple that had previously interviewed Lewis and having an amicable goodbye with Lewis when he leaves the orphanage.

Disney Parks

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Bowler Hat Guy at one of the Disney Parks

Upon the release of the film, the Bowler Hat Guy made meet-and-greet appearances throughout some of the Disney theme parks. He usually appeared alongside Lewis and Wilbur.

Despite his reformation at the end of Meet the Robinsons, Bowler Hat Guy also made an apperance with classic Disney Villains for the "Unleash the Villains" stage event at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2013.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Stephen J. Anderson director of the film as well as providing the voice of Bowler Hat Guy, also did the voices of Bud and Tallulah Robinson. As a result, Bowler Hat Guy interrupts the commentary for the Meet the Robinsons DVD three times trying to explain how he got in on the project.
  • He was originally voiced by Jim Carrey. But he rejected it because he was going to star in the film "Number 23"



Meet the Robinsons
Meet the Robinsons Poster
Characters: Lewis | Wilbur Robinson | Bowler Hat Guy | DOR-15 | Mini-Doris | Carl | Bud Robinson | Lucille Krunklehorn | Billie Robinson | Fritz Robinson | Petunia Robinson | Laszlo Robinson | Franny Robinson | Art Framagucci | Gaston Framagucci | Spike and Dmitri | Mildred | Mr. Willerstein | Lizzy | Stanley | Frankie

Creatures: Lefty | Buster | Tiny

Objects: Time Machine #1 | Time Machine #2 | Memory Scanner | Anchovy Saucer | Lewis Journal

Locations: Sixth Street Orphanage | Joyce Williams Elementary School | Inventco | Anderson Observatory | Jacoby's Junk

Songs: Another Believer | Where Is Your Heart At? | Give Me the Simple Life | The Future Has Arrived | Little Wonders | Kids of the Future | There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Other: Video Games


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